Motorola Splits With Google In China

List of deserters grows longer again

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Google’s decision to redirect Chinese searchers to Google.com.hk is having some serious repercussions.  On Monday, Chinese Internet company Tom Online distanced itself from Google.  China Unicom followed suit on Wednesday.  And now, Motorola has also turned its back on the search giant.

Google LogoMark Lee and Hugo Miller reported late yesterday, "Motorola Inc., the handset maker that’s rebuilding its mobile-phone business around Google Inc.’s Android software, has dropped the U.S. Internet company’s search engine from one of its Android phones in China."

It looks like Baidu and Bing will be used as replacements, and in certain regards, that isn’t too shocking.  Deals between Motorola, Baidu, and Bing were announced months ago, and the two search engines represent the market leader and an obvious American alternative, respectively.

Still, as Lee and Miller pointed out, Google and Android are supposed to be central to Motorola’s strategy; the company’s in fact claimed that it will release 20-30 Android phones this year.  So Motorola must either have little confidence in Google’s ability to impress Chinese users, or it faced quite a lot of pressure to part ways with the American search giant.

Both of these possibilities imply that the fallout might continue.  Google fans, hold tight.

Motorola Splits With Google In China
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  • http://www.actor-imran-khan.com/ Imran Khan

    It is the right step from google..

  • Timothy

    But, some U.S. companies are with Google

  • G. Twain

    This whole issue really comes down to, “What’s most important to you? Your principles of uncontrolled access to open communication, … or the almightly dollar (yuan)?” I guess Motorola made it’s decision.

    (And I’ll keep that in mind, the next time I’m in the market for a new phone.)

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  • http://drkisling.com drkisling

    Goodbye Motorola I see an HTC in my future

  • http://informationterrorism.webs.com/ Mike Goodwin

    The China issue certainly seperates the wheat from the chaff, doesn’t it?

    Those who distance themselves from Google and their stand against Chinese censorship only show the public where their priorities lie. They put profit ahead of freedom and human rights.

    Shame on you Motorola!

    • awv

      That’s a little harsh. Not all companies are trading at 500+ dollars a share and can afford to turn their backs on the largest consumer population in the world. Since the fact that Motorola is in a turnaround battle right now is prominently highlit in this article, you would think it would be relatively obvious to anyone with a brain that Motorola cannot simply walk away from China — or any market that offers a chance to improve the bottom line.

      Your lofty ideals are getting in the way of your rational thought processes, Mike.

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