Google is heading back to China

September 4, 2015, 5:19 PM UTC
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Pedestrians walk past the Google Inc. logo displayed outside the building housing the company's China headquarters in Beijing, China, on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. Google Inc. reported higher traffic patterns on its sites in China after the company earlier said there was an unusual decline in the country, and an Internet monitor said company services were blocked there. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi — Bloomberg via Getty Images

Google left China five years ago after disputes over censorship with the Chinese government, but according to a report Friday in The Information, the Mountain View, California company will be returning to the Chinese mainland shortly.

According to the report, “As early as this fall, the company hopes to get Chinese government approval to distribute a special China version of its Google Play mobile app store for Android smartphones in the country.”

Google is creating a “special” app store for China to sell apps for Android devices and other wearable gadgets. “The moves will re-establish Google as an Internet services provider in mainland China that stores user data locally and complies with government censorship requirements,” According to the Information.


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