Thursday, March 25, 2010

China Unicorn Drops Google from Mobile

There are more cellphone users in China than computer-users and one of the larger firms announced that it is dropping Google as their default search engine, following Google's decision to reroute its searches on Google.cn through Hong Kong, where there are fewer censorship restrictions.

A spokesperson for Google said the company is undaunted and will likely pull-out of China altogether, once its current contractual obligations have been fulfilled. Chinese officials have condemned the decision to reroute search engine activity through Hong Kong, as Chinese Internet censors are amongst the most stringent in the world. Google currently has deals with more than a dozen Chinese firms.

China Unicorn is the second-largest mobile phone firm in China.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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