Google Maps returns to China for the first time in eight yearsEric David / SiliconANGLE - 2 years ago
  • It has been roughly eight years since Google pulled nearly all of its services from China after it refused to go along with government censorship requests, but now Google has tentatively returned to the country with a version of Google Maps made specifically for China.
  • Nikkei reported today that the China-specific version of Google Maps is currently available as a website and as an app for Chinese iPhones.
  • According to Nikkeil, some users have reported that Google Maps seems to be using the same mapping data as AutoNavi, suggesting that the two companies may have formed a partnership.
  • Returning to the Chinese market would open major opportunities for Google, and the relaunch of Google Maps is just one example of the company’s renewed interest in China.