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Google abandons its translation app in China

US tech giant Google is scrapping its translation app for Chinese users. It was one of the last surviving services the company still offered in the world’s largest online marketplace.

The translation service web page in China now displays an image of a general search bar, which links to the Google translation site in Hong Kong. However, the latter is not accessible from China. ‘We have discontinued Google Translate in China, because this service was little used,’ says one at Google. The technology firm, which is part of Alphabet, had already in 2010 withdrawn its search engine from China due to the censorship applied by the Chinese authorities on the content.

Still, Google continued to look for ways to stay active in China. This is how the translation service was made accessible in 2017 via a special website and an app. Google also considered a specific search service for the Chinese market, but this project was already stopped earlier. Google is therefore giving up its translation service at a time when tensions are growing between the United States and China. Both countries want to protect sensitive technologies and intellectual property.

The translation service web page in China now displays an image of a general search bar, which links to the Google translation site in Hong Kong. However, the latter is not accessible from China. ‘We have discontinued Google Translate in China, because this service was little used,’ says one at Google. The tech firm, which is part of Alphabet, had already pulled its search engine out of China in 2010 due to content censorship by Chinese authorities. active in China. This is how the translation service was made accessible in 2017 via a special website and an app. Google also considered a specific search service for the Chinese market, but this project was already stopped earlier. Google is therefore giving up its translation service at a time when tensions are growing between the United States and China. Both countries want to protect sensitive technologies and intellectual property.