Days after one of the largest mobile service providers in China announced it would no longer be offering Google search on its handsets, it appears that the Chinese government is also at least partially blocking other mobile services from Google.
GigaOM reported Monday that the change showed up on Google's China services availability page Sunday. Writer Mathew Ingram said:
It's not clear how or why the Chinese government is blocking access to mobile services such as search, maps, Gmail, etc.
In response to an inquiry by the Los Angeles Times, Google indicated "the availability of its services fluctuates regularly, and [it's] too early to confirm if the block [will] be persistent, or whether it [is] related to the feud with China."
The country's largest mobile services provider, China Mobile, boasts more than half a billion subscribers, according to GigaOM. The booming mobile market in China is part of the reason Google did not leave the country completely after committing to stop censoring its search results as required by the Chinese government.