January 20, 2010 | by Marin Perez
As Google threatens to quit operating in China due to the country’s censorship policy, the search giant delayed an event Wednesday to introduce two new Android phones for China Unicom.
The search company did not give an explanation for the delay, but it could be related to chilly relationships it now has with the Chinese government. In a blog post, Google said it is considering leaving the country entirely after Gmail was attacked, and due to the censorship policy.
This move could have a major impact on Chinese smartphone users because a plethora of Android handsets are expected to be released. Android handsets from Motorola and Samsung were reportedly set to be introduced at the event.
It might not seem like a big deal but China is an increasingly important market in the mobile world due to the sheer number of subscribers. For example, China Mobile has more subscribers than the entire populations of the United States and Japan. Android’s success in China could have a material impact on the developer ecosystem, as well as how many handsets are eventually released in other markets. Because of this, you can be sure many companies will move forward with Android in China, even if they don’t have Google’s blessing.
Is Google really prepared to pull out of the world’s biggest market or is this a public relations move? How big of an impact do you think this will have on Android?