A revamped version of the Google News application was unveiled earlier this year, at the annual I/O developer conference. During the event, Google CEO Sundar Picahai said the company had a responsibility to deliver news to users in need. Unfortunately, Google seems to be throwing that out the window as its ambitions to re-enter the Chinese market grow.
The Intercept reported yesterday that Google is working on a search application for China designed to comply with the country's strict censorship laws. The Information is now reporting that a "news-aggregation app," presumably a modified version of Google News, is also in development. The company has been working on the app since last year, and has met with Chinese regulators on multiple occasions to discuss the project.
The app is meant to be a good-will gesture towards the Chinese government, to show that Google is more than willing to comply with the country's censorship laws. However, development is currently stalling, as the trade war between the United States and China continues to escalate.
- The Information