Google to relaunch map service in China

Google to relaunch map service in China

A full Google Maps app has not been available in China since the company pulled many of its services in 2010 after refusing to self-censor its search results. "Maps has been accessible on desktop for years, but does not have an official presence in Android or iOS app stores in China", Google Spokesman Taj Meadows said in comments sent to Reuters.

According to initial hands-on of the app, Google appears to have partnered with Alibaba-owned AutoNavi for mapping data.

Original article (1/15/18): Google is making a major return to China, as a version of its Google Maps service is now available for users in that country.

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Google obviously has interest in the most populated country in the world. The iPhone users get an app to access Google Maps and other people can get access via the web page. However, it is a step in the right direction, and we can hopefully see a fully functional version of Google Maps in China within the next year or so. Google also launched an app for Apple devices and can easily be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The two sides seem to have agreed to put aside discussions of Google's search and video-sharing sites like YouTube, where a clash is likely, and instead cooperate on AI development, an executive at a Chinese internet company said.

The release of the app comes after Google joined an investment in Chinese livestreaming mobile game Chushou earlier this month, as the new company seeks new ways to enter China, where its search engine is prohibited. That's something Google has been working toward for years, which could explain Google's return to China with Maps. There are hundreds of millions of potential customers in China, but Google has had a limited presence for years.

The American company announced in December that it would open the Google AI China Center for research into artificial intelligence.

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