Google CEO Sundar Pichai has commented on the creation of a search app made specifically for China. He stated the controversial app will produce results for 99% of all queries, but is still in the very early stages and still may not be released.
The BBC’s Dave Lee tweeted Pichai’s comments, made at a conference in San Francisco, adding the company said it’s taking a long term view with the project. However, political pressure in the U.S. may force it to abandon work on the app. Censorship in China would require any Google search tool to not return results for certain subjects, words, and phrases.
According to the BBC’s report, Sundar Pichai said:
“We wanted to learn what it would look like if Google were in China, so that’s what we built internally. It’s very early, we don’t know whether we would or could do this in China but we felt like it was important for us to explore. I think it’s important for us given how important the market is and how many users there are.”
Codename Dragonfly, the China search app, should it be released, would be Google’s return to the Chinese market for online search.