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After eight years, Google to relaunch map service in China

China-specific version of the Google Maps

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BEIJING, China - Nikkei has confirmed that after an eight-year absence, Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China.

It said that it has set up a China-specific version of the Google Maps website and introduced a map app for Chinese iPhones.

Google Spokesman Taj Meadows said, "There have been no changes to Google Maps in China. Maps has been accessible on desktop for years, but does not have an official presence in Android or iOS app stores in China.”

According to Nikkei, when users of the app attempt to use its navigation features, they are automatically transferred to an app from AutoNavi, which is a mapping company owned by Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group Holding.

The move comes as Google joined an investment in Chinese live-stream mobile game platform Chushou earlier this month..

The company is planning on making new inroads to China, where its search engine is blocked.

Since the company largely pulled its services out of the country in 2010, Google's map service has not been available in China.

In 2010, the company had refused to continue self-censoring its search results. 

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