Google Mobile Now Accessible in Mainland China

Lora Bentley
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Will Google Take a Stand in China?


According to, Google's mobile services (search, maps and news) are now "mostly accessible" in mainland China. As of a week ago, such services were partially blocked on the mainland. The change may indicate tensions between the search giant and the communist country are easing, which is good news for Google.


When the company shuttered its search site and began redirecting Chinese users to to avoid censoring itself, Google emphasized that shutting down search didn't mean it was leaving the country completely. All indications were that Google planned to maintain at least some presence in China's burgeoning mobile market.


Its ability to do that began to fall into question when several Chinese handset makers and mobile service providers decided to yank Google search capabilities from their devices. Understandably then, when it appeared last week that Chinese authorities were significantly interfering with users' access to Google's mobile services, those concerns were heightened.


Though individual service providers can still decide to block Google's mobile services, for now, at least, China's "great firewall" is not.

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