Google reportedly working on censored Android search app for China

Andy Boxall | August 2, 2018

App Business

Google may launch a new version of its search app in China within the next six to nine months, according to a new report. The app will contain a modified version of Google’s search engine, which will filter out content that clashes with China’s censorship rules.

The report says the app has been worked on for more than a year. Codename Dragonfly,  Chinese authorities have already seen the Google app, which is now in the stages of being approved.

Should it be released, search results will filter out content that doesn’t meet the strict censorship rules which saw Google leave the Chinese market in 2010. The app will not show results linked to democracy, human rights, free speech, religion, and other issues which are already filtered by China’s firewall.

Documents, marked confidential, and an anonymous internal source told The Intercept the Android app may not be followed by a desktop version in the future, and that the project is a “joint venture” between Google and an unnamed partner company.

Should the Google app launch, it will challenge China’s Baidu search engine, which maintains a 70% market share.

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