This September Google-watchers were buoyed by reports that the play Store may be entering China this fall. However according to sources cited by Reuters, the launch of a China-side Play Store has a much looser timeline: 2016. 

Google has regulatory hurdles to overcome before they are allowed to pre-install the official version of their app store on any devices, though they have been working on a China-friendly version of their app store for over a year now. 

In a highly cited report from The Information this September, sources said that the company could be releasing the store as soon as fall 2015, and that Google had already entered into local partnerships to launch an extensively planned app store. It appears the process has been slower than anticipated. 

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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