Google introduces two products in China in one week
Company releases the Chinese version of storage management app Files Go after bringing ARCore technology to Xiaomi’s app store
Google’s core services are blocked in mainland China, but that didn't stop the internet search giant from introducing a pair of products this week to the world’s largest smartphone market.
Google pulled its core search engine and other services from mainland China in 2010 after a bitter spat with Beijing over censorship. While certain apps, like Gmail and YouTube, are still available for download via Apple’s App Store in the country, they cannot function without a virtual private network (VPN) connection.
But after several years out of that market, Google started a campaign last year to promote its Translate mobile app to a new generation of users in China, which had about 1.4 billion mobile subscribers as of December.