Unicom drops Google search function from new Android phones

Thursday 25 March 2010 | 10:35 CET | News
Chinese mobile operator China Unicom plans to remove the Google search function from new phones based on Google's Android operating system, reports the Financial Times. Unicom said the manufacturers of the Android handsets would instead choose which search engine to use on their phones. China Unicom president Lu Yimin said it was willing to co-operate with any firm that 'abides by Chinese law'. The move is the first significant fall-out from the dispute between Google and the Chinese government over internet censorship, which has resulted in Google redirecting Chinese users of its web search engine to its site in Hong Kong.

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