Thursday, December 8, 2011

No Android market access in China

“I’m thrilled to see the entrance of MIPS-based Android 4.0 tablets into the market. Low cost, high performance tablets are a big win for mobile consumers and a strong illustration of how Android’s openness drives innovation and competition for the benefit of consumers around the world,” said Andy Rubin, senior vice president of mobile at Google in a statement.
The tablet has acquired Google certification to run applications such as Google Maps, Gmail, Google Music and Google Talk. However, Google does not provide official Android market access in China, so the device lacks that feature, said Jen Bernier-Santarini, a MIPS spokeswoman. Access to Android Market is an ongoing concern for inexpensive tablet users.
“Android Market access is provided by Google through negotiations with carriers and OEMs as part of Google Mobile Services in other geographies. So Google will need to work with US OEMs on this for future releases of the product,” Bernier-Santarini said.
However, the tablet can access other third-party app markets such as Amazon, from where apps like Angry Birds can be downloaded.

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