Denying media reports, technology giant Google said it is not making a comeback in China — where many of its services remain blocked since 2010 — with its Maps. “The company has not made any announcements or changes to Maps for China.” Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
A web version has been available in the country ‘for years’,” 9to5Google quoted a Google spokesperson as saying. Nikkei Asian Review had earlier reported that Google had launched a version of Maps optimised for China, including a website, as well as an iOS app for the iPhone and other Apple devices. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
“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 U.S. tech behemoth,” Nikkei Asian Review reported late on Monday. Google is offering a translation app for Chinese smartphones since March 2017. Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
Last month, the tech giant announced the opening of a research lab focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Beijing. The lab will consist of a team of AI researchers in Beijing, supported by the company’s engineering teams. Google’s search engine and many of its services — including YouTube — remain blocked in mainland China. China extensively censors Internet content in the country and the search engine giant has not been willing to abide by its laws.