A report from Reuters provides us the most recent update on Google’s ongoing effort to get Google Play into China. The report says that Google staff are “operating hard in China to lay the ground for the app store’s launch” and the store will go reside in 2016, sometime after February.
With 1.three billion folks, China is the world’s largest smartphone industry, but a Google-blessed version of Android isn’t obtainable there. Google is really active in the second- and third-most-populated countries—India and the US—but the company effectively pulled out of China several years ago due to censorship laws. Android is nonetheless the greatest mobile OS in China, but it’s all a bunch of forked versions of the Android Open Supply Project skinned by the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei.
The sources Reuters spoke to say that Google does not need “explicit approval” from the Chinese Government it just demands to “comply with Chinese laws including these governing data storage and content material filtering.” These guidelines apparently imply that China will be obtaining a particular version of the Play Store that is “set up especially for China, and not connected to overseas versions of Google Play” according to the report. Since Google’s payment arm is not live in China, the report says the Play Store will be using local payment alternatives, like Alipay and WeChat Payment to buy apps and make in-app purchases.