And Google just lost its China Business...
Its good to see that the Two Pre-dominant Mobile OS Manufacturers are tackling this area with all Seriousness today.
I was just reading an Article in Today's Edition of Reuters;which clearly points out how thanks to China Tightening its Net Censorship Requirements further(Has a lot to do with the Massive Recession that the Chinese Economy is experiencing currently);Googles Share of Search as well as other Saas Options like Mail has declined sharply in China.
It seems ever since Google decided to Encrypt all Web Searches by Default,The Chinese are Happily Blocking access to Google China Servers (for Mainland Chinese) which are now directed to Hong Kong.
It seems they even blocked access to Google Drive and Google Play Services.
They(The Chinese) want to be in full control over their Internet which is why they won't permit any kind of Encryption which they can't break themselves.
Its an interesting situation to be in today(for Google).
Do you Bend down and submit the Will of the Mighty Communist Party ?
Or,do you just up sticks and exit the market entirely?
I see something very similar happening with Android Phones as well in China-They will mandate that they all get built in with some sort of HomeGrown Encryption over which they have full control.
Google Android can just kiss access to this Huge Market Goodbye if they don't comply.