China Unicom, the second biggest mobile operator in China, is rumoured to be ready to drop Google search from its Android powered devices in a possible reaction to the search giant routing its searches to Hong Kong.
The operator will let handset makers decide which search service to use on phones using Google's mobile operating system, according to widespread reports.
"We are open to co-operating with any handset makers and companies. But they must obey China's regulations," Unicom president Lu Yimin is reported in The Wall Street Journal as saying in an apparent reference to Google's recent shift in policy on China.
Google refused to comment on the actions of individual companies, but said that it is focused on keeping communication channels open with its partners and seeing how they could work together in the future.
"We understand that some partners may not be comfortable with our stance, but we've already seen that partners are offering support and want to continue to work with Google," the company said.
In a second move that will hurt Google, China Unicom is reported to be in talks with Research in Motion to offer BlackBerry devices to users on its network.
China Telecom, meanwhile, confirmed during a results call this week that it hopes to offer the BlackBerry in May, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Research in Motion was contacted for comment but had not responded at the time of publication.
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