Android in China

Seth Weintraub at Computer World asks a good question: If Google really leaves China because of Internet search filtering, what will that mean for the future Android? There are billions of eyeballs at stake in China, and Motorola already has a strong presence there and has more Android phones on the way. HTC (not counting the Nexus One and G1, the two Google-branded HTC phones) and Samsung? Them, too.

It's a little early to sound the alarm. But it's easy for us to forget that Android is more than just a U.S. product. And to be successful, it has to be a worldwide competitor. But if finds itself out of one of the world's most populus nations, that's going to be much more challenging.