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Google Launches Second China Specific App

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Google on Wednesday launched a China-specific version of ‘Files Go’ in a bid to grow its presence in world’s biggest smartphone market, where most of its products remain banned.

It is the second app the U.S tech giant has released for China following the withdrawal of its flagship services including app store, Youtube, Gmail from the country in 2010.

The company had launched its ‘Google Translate’ app in the country last year. The app, which is maintained by company’s local joint venture, proved an instant hit and has been downloaded over 1.8 million times on China’s App Store in the first five months.

Files Go, which was released in the U.S in December last year, lets the users free up storage on their devices, manage their images, videos and documents and share the files offline with others.

According to Techcrunch, the app will be available on four Chinese apps stores hosted by Xiaomi, Huawei, Tencent and Baidu.

Despite of the blockade of its products and services in China, Google’s Android is the most widely used operating system by top Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Huawei and Xiaomi.

Files Go is a part of company’s Go-branded apps, designed for developing markets like India and Indonesia, where a vast majority of people have less capable smartphones with slower internet connections.

As part of its efforts to the expand its operations in China, Google also opened dedicated artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing in December last year, the company’s first-ever in Asia.

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