Google says "no changes" to mapping platform in China

Google says

The full Google Maps app was withdrawn from the Chinese market in 2010, after the company refused to self-censor its search results.

"While Google's flagship search function is still inaccessible in the country, the renewed availability of its map service could signal a shift in the Chinese government's stance toward the USA tech behemoth", Nikkei Asian Review reported late on Monday. However, if users attempt to access navigation features through Google Maps, they are instead redirected to an app from AutoNavi, which is owned by Chinese megacorp Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

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. The two apps look different in terms of design but seem to be drawing on the same data, so people are assuming Google and Alibaba have gone into a partnership, at least in this aspect.

Google Maps service is now available in China.

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In February a year ago, media reported that Google was in talks with NetEase, China's second-largest operator of online games, to form a venture to launch Google's app store in China. But Google Maps has wider appeal, and remains one of the most-downloaded applications in the company's portfolio. The Chinese government also imposes strict rules on the collection and use of map data.

This comes after Google joined an investment in Chinese live-stream mobile game platform Chushou earlier this month, as the company eyes new inroads to China, where its search engine is blocked. More recently, Google announced its plans to set up an AI research center in Beijing. At least that's something to be happy about as it is a tentative move that shows Google is willing to work around the restrictions imposed by the Chinese government.

Nikkei was the first to report on Google Maps' return to China.

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