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Report: Google Play Services to finally land in China this year


There may finally be a plan in place to bring Services to China.

According to a report by Chinese site .Sina, which was mirrored by U.S. publications, ’s Senior Vice President of Chen Xudong Liu says this will happen at some point in 2016.

There weren’t further details beyond that, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that adds up here. has made inroads with a couple of key Chinese companies: and . just teamed up with for the first Project Tango smartphone, which is due this summer, and ’s current flagship Nexus 6P is made by

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Google inching closer to getting its services in China. By building relationships with Chinese handset makers, Google certainly hopes they’ll come to want the company’s apps and services on their devices.

There’s also some interplay here with the Chinese government, which in the past has tangled with Google over censorship rules. But it looks now like Google is willing to do just about whatever it takes to gain a foothold in the world’s most populous country.

Why this matters: Google Services form the backbone for how Google gets its APIs to developers and supports its own applications, like Chrome, Gmail, Drive, Maps, and others. Currently there are a ton of phones in China that are instead supported by third-party app stores and run custom software from the manufacturers. Google doesn’t get any money or valuable data from all those renegade phones, which is a situation it desperately wants to change.

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