China Unicom has announced that it will not use Google's search function on its smartphones, even those using the U.S. search giant's own Android mobile operating system.
The outfit said that will work handset manufacturers to develop a few Android-based phones for its subscribers, however it will leave the choice of an alternative search engine to those manufacturers.
According to an official statement from the company, it is “willing to work with any company that abides by Chinese law.”
However, Google is not co-operating. Lu Yimin, president of Unicom, was quoted as saying in the Financial Times.
However there is a measure of show to Lu's comments. He is not ordering the spiking of Android projects which are lucrative, simply the use of the Google search engine which would not be anyway. If Google withdraws from the search market, in China then China Unicom would not have a search engine at all on its handsets.