Google launches a WeChat mini game in China
Most Google services remain banned… but the list of exceptions is growing
(Updated 19th July, 2018.)
Almost two years later, it’s finally arrived in China… a country where most Google services are banned.
Cai Hua Xiao Ge -- which roughly translates as Pictionary with Little Google -- just launched as a mini program on WeChat. Like the original game, it challenges you to draw an object within 20 seconds -- like a piano or a horse -- well enough that an AI can correctly identify what it is.
Most of Google’s services and apps are blocked in China -- including the original Quick, Draw! Game -- after the company pulled its search engine from the country in 2010.
Since the 2010 pull-out, we’ve seen a number of Google apps crawling back into China. Last month, Google launched a Chinese version of Files Go, and delivered its AR and VR development kit to Xiaomi’s app store. And Google Translate has been gaining ground after a quiet comeback last year.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article said that Cai Hua Xiao Ge doesn't yell out words. It does, and it's just as annoying as it was in Quick, Draw!