From January The Playstore is coming to China
Founded by former Google employees in 2012, Beijing-based Mobvoi developed mandarin speech recognition search tool, Chumen Wenwen, as well as their own smartwatch OS, originally designed to replace blocked Google services. The company has also partnered with Lenovo on their Moto 360 smartwatches in China.
“They are a smart user-focused team that exemplify everything that exciting about the ecosystem here,” said David Singleton, VP of Google Android Wear at the event on Monday. “I am also overwhelmed by the pace of innovation in China,” he said, echoing Uber CEO Travis Kalanick who said China could soon surpass the U.S. in innovation at an event in Beijing this month.
Mobvoi also announced that differences between Android Wear and Android Wear China SDKs will be eliminated, paving the way for foreign apps to enter China. “Today, Google is going to announce that the Android Wear China SDK will be the same as the global one,” said Mr. Li. “The second step will be introducing the overseas apps into China. Synchronizing the SDKs solved part of the problem and we will do some promotion to encourage the ecosystem.”
Google led Mobvoi’s latest round of funding in October 2015, raising an amount in the tens of millions. The company’s total funding amount to date is $75 million.http://technode.com/2016/01/27/google-backed-mobvoi-launches-chinese-android-wear-app-store/