China Stories August 17

A report that Google is planning to relaunch its search engine in China, giving in to government demands for a censored version, has understandably triggered a huge amount of opposition to the idea – not least from its own employees.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and co-founder Sergey Brin have responded by saying that while they are looking at how to do more business in China, the company is ‘not close’ to relaunching its search engine there …

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China Stories May 22

US reportedly working with China on a deal to ‘save’ ZTE from going out of business

ZTE has been in a really tough spot for the past few weeks, but things are starting to look up, at least a little bit. According to multiple reports, the US is currently working on a deal with China to potentially prevent ZTE from going out of business.

China Stories January 15

Google marks a significant return to China with Maps relaunch for web, iOS [Update: Nope]

Update: According to a Google spokesperson, the company has not made any announcements or changes to Maps for China. A web version has been available in the country “for years.” Nikkei was also incorrect about the launch of an iOS client on Apple’s App Store, with no Android app either.


In recent months, Google’s presence within China has increased following its 2010 exit over a refusal to self-censor content. Today, the company is taking a big step with the launch of a China-specific version of Google Maps.

China Stories October 30, 2017

Huawei overtakes Oppo to take lead in China, as Vivo, Xiaomi & Apple all see growth

Smartphone sales in China may be down 5% year-on-year, but four of the five top-selling brands saw growth in Q3, reports Canalys. Oppo was the exception, seeing a slight decline in sales, that allowed Huawei to take the #1 slot …

China Stories May 5, 2017

Samsung smartphone shipments fell by 60% year-on-year in China during the first quarter of the year according to Counterpoint Research data. The company saw its market share in the country slashed from 8.6% in Q1 2016 to 3.3% Q1 2017.

The main reason for the fall at a time when smartphone sales in China are still growing was far stronger competition from local brands …

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

China Stories June 14, 2016

Expanding on their collection of budget friendly Android smartphones, Huawei has today announced the Honor 5A, a new $100 smartphone for the Chinese market. This device will ship in two variants, one for China Netcom, the other for remaining markets.

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