A few days ago, the media quoted The Intercept as a report that Google plans to restart search engine services in China.
It is said that the program, codenamed Dragonfly, began in the spring of 2017 and will be officially launched in the first half to nine months. And this search engine provides a “blacklist” function, and the search results are filtered after review to meet the needs of domestic policies and regulations. And not only can you block text, but images can also be masked. Google is also preparing to develop an Android version of this search engine.
According to people who is familiar with the matter, Google’s plans to develop a search product that complies with censorship have not been completed, and may not have results. The main obstacle facing Google will be the need to obtain approval from the Chinese authorities to re-enter the search market.
Google said in a statement sent to the media The Verge: “We have provided a lot of mobile applications in China, including Google Translate and Files Go to help Chinese developers, and also a lot of investment to companies such as Jingdong. As for our next step, we can’t comment right now.”
In fact, from the recent action, Google seems to be interested in re-entering China, including the announcement of an artificial intelligence research laboratory in Beijing last December, and the launch of the Files Go mobile app for China in January this year. Based on WeChat’s “Guessing Little Songs” AI game, the company also cooperated with manufacturers such as Xiaomi to bring its ARCore platform to China.
There is no doubt that Google is eager to return to the Chinese market to occupy a place. But to be honest, it is not easy to launch a search engine in China. The process of bringing major service projects to China is also very tortuous. For example, in recent years, Google intends to bring Google Play to entered the country. But in the end it still did not succeed.
In short, combined with various reasons, coupled with the impact of the recent tariff trade war, most comments are not optimistic that Google search engine can return to China in a short period of time. Despite this, the company disclosed that Google has planned to start the project in the short term and has made various preparations.
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