China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology: Google controls too much of Chinese smartphone sector

“Google Inc has too much control over China’s smartphone industry via its Android mobile operating system and has discriminated against some local firms, the technology ministry said in a white paper,” Melanie Lee reports for Reuters.

“The white paper, authored by the research arm of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, also said China had the ability to create its own mobile operating system,” Lee reports. “‘Our country’s mobile operating system research and development is too dependent on Android,’ the paper, posted online on Friday but carried by local media on Tuesday, said. ‘While the Android system is open source, the core technology and technology roadmap is strictly controlled by Google.'”

Lee reports, “Analysts said the white paper, which lauded Chinese companies such as Baidu Inc, Alibaba Group and Huawei Technologies for creating their own systems, could be a signal to the industry that regulations against Android are on the horizon.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The time for an inexpensive iPhone for China (and other developing markets) is nigh.


  1. The Rest of the World’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology: China steals too much of Google’s, and everyone else’s, intellectual property

    1. Google stole intellectual property from Apple and China in turn steals that same intellectual property from Google.

      The Siphonaptera :-
      Big fleas have little fleas,
      Upon their backs to bite ’em,
      And little fleas have lesser fleas,
      and so, ad infinitum.

  2. Long time coming. If China produces its own Smartphone OS, it will take a huge chunk out of android. They can also drive their costs down. May be the end of Android? Samsung will be squeezed by low cost phones on one side & high end iOS at the other end

    1. I think you have hit on a key point, and we have seen this play out before with other “commodity” vendor (companies who simply copy and produce well). Like the unstoppable dell, that is now imploding. Android (and samsung) simply copied Apple’s vision (after it was obvious that it was “the way to do it”)
      The problem (as you pointed out) is that you are not a real innovator (and it’s difficult to “become” one as MS has demonstrated) and you will get pressed on the bottom by other copycats willing to copy for 20% less then you are charging (initiating a “race to the bottom”) and you will also get pressed from the top by the real innovators until your margins evaporate. After that the market numbers begin to tumble (again as evidenced by dell, HP etc)

      1. @…Android (and Samdung) simply copied Apple’s vision (after it was obvious that it was “the way to do it”):

        And a number of things, where they didn’t fully copy, well, they suck.
        I detect a lot of resemblance with Windows, where everything they failed to copy properly also sucks.

  3. Its clear as day the Ministry fears a large mobile OS base that the government does not control.

    Of course they are not happy with Android, they won’t be happy with iOS either.

    1. China doesn’t like Google because Google accused China of hacking into its gmail system about 2 years ago. At that time Google pulled some of its operations out of China.

      So there are hard feelings in China against Google that don’t apply to Apple. And as twilightmoon points out, Apple (through Foxconn, etc.) provides jobs for well over 1 million Chinese workers.

  4. GOOG deathknell just issued. “they were predicted to hit the $1000 mark. “Shares of Google (GOOG) are higher by $16.50 or 2%, at $838, after Jefferies & Co.’s Internet team, including Brian Pitz, raised their price target on the shares to $1,000 from $875, …”

  5. China has butted heads with Google in the past, so it isn’t surprising that China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology took the opportunity to lob another grenade at Google through Android. But that doesn’t mean that everything is rosy for Apple and iOS in China. Judging from history, China will marginalize and push out Apple/iOS as soon as it successfully implements its own state-backed solutions. It is a matter of when, not if. Apple is not really any safer than Google/Android in China.

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