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Google now has two apps in China, but the search is taboo



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Google brings a second app to China as its presence grows in a huge market where most services are blocked.

The company said in a blog post on Thursday that it has launched its file management file-sharing tool Files Go in four Chinese app stores. The app was released in the US in December.

Many of Google ( GOOGL ) most popular services ̵

1; such as Search [Gmail, YouTube, and Maps] are banned or in China, the largest smartphone market in China World, largely inaccessible. But Files Go is unlikely to annoy the country's censors – it suggests files to be deleted, organizes images, videos and documents, and allows users to share files offline.

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Google has effectively left China in 2010, but the hundreds of millions of Internet users in the country make it a market to ignore. The company has been looking for ways to expand in recent years.

It released its language translation app in China a year ago. The company said Google Translate 'number of users in China increased 400% in the first five months. It declined to specify the current number of users .

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Google faces the challenge of bringing more services to the country, including stricter censorship regulations and increased overseas technology control.

The company's own app store, Google Play, remains closed in China, which means that Files Go and Google Translate are only available to third-party app stores for Android phone users. From Chinese smartphones manufacturer Huawei and Xiaomi.

Google also sets up an artificial intelligence research center in Beijing, the first in Asia. The move will help China to pursue its goal of becoming a world leader in AI.

CNNMoney (Hong Kong) First published May 31, 2018: 4:33 pm ET


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