[bbc] China Unicom is to stop using Google search on Android handsets.
The second biggest operator in China is believed to be taking the step in reaction to Google's decision to stop offering a censored search service.
Instead of using Google search, handset makers will be able to decide which search service to use on phones that run Google's mobile operating system.
At the same time Google said it would withdraw more of its uncensored search services in China.
The China Unicom deal will first have an impact on Android phones being developed for it by Motorola and Samsung.
The move could be a big blow for Google as China has far more people owning and using mobiles than it does using the net.
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