Google Inc. is reportedly planning a China re-entry for its Google Play Store, with unnamed sources claiming the service could be up and running by fall on the mainland. 

The U.S. tech giant has apparently been working on a China-friendly version of the Play Store for over a year, compiling a selection of apps and features that are approved by the Chinese government. 

Google has been at odds with the Chinese government since 2010, when the company was barred form the country over email security issues and the censorship of search results. In the past five years the China tech market, including its majority Android smartphone sector, has seen booming growth, making it harder to ignore for U.S. tech giants.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com