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Google update to blame for Android Market, Gmail outages in China

Google has released a statement says that the service outage was due to a technical error, and that it has been fixed.

Android Market China
Android Market China

It turns out — for now — that this past weekend's service outage is not the latest in the Google vs. China saga. A Google spokesman told CNET that a "technical issue" related to an update was the cause for Sunday's service interruption to the Market and Gmail Android apps. According to the spokesman, the malfunction has been fixed, and the apps are back in operation. We checked Blocked in China and Great Firewall of China, both designed to test whether a site has been blocked, and both show that access has been restored to the Android Market website.