Google, Apple chiefs visit China

Google's Eric Schmidt and New Mexico Gov Bill Richards

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, centre, and former New Mexico Gov Bill Richards, right, brief journalists after they arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport from Pyongyang, in Beijing on 10 January 2013. Schmidt is urging North Korea to shed its self-imposed isolation and allow its citizens to use the Internet or risk being left behind economically. File photo/AP/Alexander F Yuan

By Saibal Dasgupta | TNN

BEIJING, China, 13 January 2013

Google chief Eric Schmidt followed by Apple Inc’s CEO Tim Cook has visited China in an attempt to expand their presence in the Chinese market.

Schmidt’s visit is being closely watched by the IT sector as Google has been facing serious problems in China with their gmail accounts getting partially blocked from time to time.

Apple has also been facing severe challenges with Chinese authorities investigating labour practices at Foxconn manufacturing units, which produce the bulk of Apple’s products and assemble them.

The two visits will increase competition for the mobile software scene in China, the world’s biggest smartphone market.

Schmidt gave tips on how to develop start-up companies to mobile software personnel at an event on Friday in Beijing.

Google only has a small share of the Chinese internet search market at 15.4% which is dominated by a Chinese domestic company Baidu which controls 78.6% of it, according to a domestic research company Analysys International.


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