China blocks access to Android Market and Gmail App

October 10, 2011
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China is well known for blocking and censoring anything that the government doesn't like or thinks will harm the population. China sensors so much content on the web that it has come to be known as the Great Firewall of china. According to reports, China is now censoring access to other things like the Gmail app and the Android Market for Android devices.

Gmail is commonly a target of attack by hackers suspected of living in China. MocoNews reports that right now the Gmail app is blocked in China along with access to the market alone. Apparently, the block has been going on for 36 hours now at mobile and broadband providers around the country.

The Gmail app isn't working, but Chinese users are reportedly still able to access the Google Gmail accounts online. So far, there has been no official statement on why the blocks are in place. It's not clear at this point if the blockage is an accident or if it was put in place on purpose.


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  • Anonymous

    It sucks to be chinese.. No offense meant Jackie Chan/Yao Ming lol. Just hate the idea of censoring such things. http://www.techsterr.com

  • Zeact

    I’m chinese, so many google service blocked in china…. I have to use vpn to get my Nexus S woking now…fuck communist!!!

    • Markus

      Hi, Also in china, whats the best cheap vpn? Tx markud

      • Zeact

        Sorry i’m not sure,  i use a vps for both ssh tunnel & pptp vpn .  ~$10/M

  • Lindsay Reid

    Even a spellchecker can’t help SHANE MCGLAUN who writes……”China sensors so much” !

  • Amerdom322

    America, Europe, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand believe in freedom, China does not.  Even porn is not allowed in China.  Long live porn, beer, and rock n roll in the free West!  We know how to party, and we know how to be free!

    • ugaBullDawgs

      Um, please don’t be so ignorant. Just because it’s banned doesn’t those things don’t exist in China. We have alot more freedom in China than you would know. You think we don’t know how to party?
      I’ll give you an example: anyone, even 3 year olds, can buy beer/alcohol in China. We have a 5000 year history of drinking and making rice wine/whiskey/etc lol. U.S. history is, what? 300 years old?
      Not trying to be disrespectful but please don’t think it’s all that bad unless you take 2 sides of view. Don’t believe everything the media is feeding you. Thanks

      • Medifle

        Don’t alway putting the 5000-year history to cover your porn.

  • ugaBullDawgs

    Doesn’t suck to be Chinese. It sucks to live in mainland China. Don’t know why they would block Android market. I understand if they censor stuff thats “disruptive” to the government, but obviously Android market isn’t. Doesn’t matter, we know how to find workarounds fast. They’ll probably find a way to access the market, the block isn’t too hard to bypass TBH.

  • Anon

    The contacts and calendar app also are blocked. They refuse to sync. G+ and Gtalk still work though…

  • Chaos_in_China

    I just changed ROMs and couldn’t get my account to load until I changed it from to

    now all my services including Market seem to be working

    • tab_newbie

      Hi Could you tell me how changed ROMs? I have an Asus eeepad transformer i bought here in China, but i can’t access the google play/ market here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1509848603 Wendy Rolleston

    Tired Americans? Capitalism and taxes got you down? Head on over to China and enjoy a nice big dish of censorship.

    • Haha

      I am not pro-American, but I can say that it’s ridiculous and frustrating not to be able to use your e-mail nowadays.