Google blocks launch of Samsung and Motorola phones in China

19 Jan 2010

Google has postponed the planned launches of two new smart phones from Samsung and Motorola in China, as the row over the recent hacking controversy continues to heat up.

Google is reported to have said that due to uncertainty over its future plans in China, it would be irresponsible to release new phones in China.

The new phones were due to be unveiled on 20 January in China in partnership with Chinese mobile operator Unicom.

Devices based on Google’s Android operating system such as the Samsung Galaxy Spica and the Motorola Droid come packed with Google-specific features and services.

By John Kennedy

Photo: The Samsung Galaxy Spica

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years