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Chinese fret over Android's dominance in mobile market

05 Mar 2013
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The Chinese Ministry of Technology has accused Google of unfairly discriminating against local firms by hindering the country's ability to develop its own mobile operating system against the might of Android.

The ministry claimed that Google currently has too much control of the country's mobile industry and is using its stranglehold to hinder competition in the market in a white paper.

"Our country's mobile operating system research and development is too dependent on Android," says the document, according to a Reuters translation.

"While the Android system is open source, the core technology and technology roadmap is strictly controlled by Google."

The white paper claims the search giant is discriminated against some local firms, stopping them sharing code and technology with each other that could facilitate the development of a new Chinese mobile OS.

Despite attacking the search giant the paper did not call for any regulatory changes.

At the time of publishing the Chinese London Embassy and Technology Ministry had not responded to V3's request for comment. Google declined to comment on the white paper's findings.

The publication marks the latest clash between China and Google. Since 2010 the company has been at odds with the country's government over its co-called Great Firewall and censorship policies.

Most recently, in November 2012 Google reported that all of its services had been blocked in mainland China.

Despite the issues, Google's Android OS is still the primary operating system used on Huawei and ZTE devices. The two companies are currently China's largest mobile phone manufacturers.

However, certain commentators have indicated this may change in the future, with ZTE continuing to push out phones running Microsoft's Windows Phone OS.

Both Huawei and ZTE have also confirmed plans to release Mozilla Firefox OS handsets come its release later this year.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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