App developers get Google platform
Google Inc is making its most aggressive move on the Chinese mainland since a high-profile exit from the market nearly five years ago.
The Internet giant said that it has started to allow app developers in China to sell their products through Google Play, an online app store installed on more than 1 billion Android smartphones worldwide.
Industry sources speculated that Google is preparing for a more significant move that would let Android phone users in China download apps from the store, which cannot be done now in the world’s biggest smartphone market.
Google was careful in phrasing its app announcement because the move could potentially make available the first major Google service in China since early 2010.