An­droid up­side?

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

There is a his­tory of US In­ter­net stars be­ing hum­bled in China.

Ya­hoo a decade ago wound up hav­ing to make amends af­ter go­ing along with Chi­nese of­fi­cials de­mand­ing help some iden­ti­fy­ing pro-democ­racy ad­vo­cates who used Ya­hoo on­line mes­sage boards.

Mi­crosoft has been do­ing busi­ness in China for some 20 years, stay­ing within guide­lines set by the gov­ern­ment.

Seven years ago, Google pulled its search en­gine out of main­land China in a rare stand against cen­sors and for In­ter­net pri­vacy.

“Google stood up and left, and now they aren’t a power in China,” En­derle said of the cost of the move.

How­ever, the re­moval of VPN ap­pli­ca­tions in China by Ap­ple could ramp up the pop­u­lar­ity of iPhone ri­vals pow­ered by Google-backed An­droid soft­ware that lets peo­ple get apps from un­of­fi­cial mar­ket­places.

Ap­ple’s busi­ness model which re­quires users to in­stall only ap­proved ap­pli­ca­tions, iron­i­cally, makes it eas­ier for a regime like China to ex­ert con­trol, an­a­lysts point out.

Galperin and Kalia of the EFF said the Ap­ple pol­icy ‘cre­ates a sin­gle choke­point for free ex­pres­sion and pri­vacy’.

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