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Google Play Store coming to China

Google Play Store will reach China with limited apps portfolio
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The service is expected to launch in February, just in time for the Chinese New Year, but will only offer a limited amount of apps.

Although mainland China will not get full access to Google Search anytime soon, a special version of the Google Play app store is expected to reach that market in early 2016. Unfortunately, the Chinese version of the Google Play store will not be connected to the international version, since all the content available in it will have to go through the Chinese censorship first.

Sources familiar with this matter spoke to Reuters and revealed that Google intends to comply with Chinese content filtering laws, as well as the set of laws that requires them to store the app store's data within the country. Google discontinued most of its services in China five years ago, when they refused to continue self-censoring the search results. Since then, most key areas of the mobile market, like search and media streaming, have been taken over by local companies. 

Google declines to comment for now, but we should hear more about this move in the weeks to come.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-11-25 (Update: 2015-11-25)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.