Google aims for China launch of Google Play app store next year: Sources

A Google logo in front of its former headquarters in Beijing.
A Google logo in front of its former headquarters in Beijing.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Google, part of Alphabet Inc, aims to launch the China version of its Google Play smartphone app store next year, according to people familiar with the matter, its first major foray in the market since ending localised product support in 2010.

The Google Play app store would be set up specifically for China, and not connected to overseas versions of Google Play, two of the people said.

Google intends to comply with Chinese laws on filtering content that might be viewed as sensitive by the ruling Communist Party, and laws requiring the company to store the app store's data within the country, those two people said.

A Singapore-based Google spokesman declined to comment.