Beijing: American search engine Google has decided to apply for license to operate again in China and agreed to follow all the conditions by the government here after its share in the growing Chinese market declined to 9 per cent.
Since last year, Google has seen its share of the online mapping market shrink below 10 per cent while that its local rival Baidu Inc soared to 61 per cent, official media reports here said.
Google maps were now listed third after Bidu and Mapbar.com which has over 10 per cent market share, according to the domestic research company Analysys International.
There are 48,000 websites of this type in China, and about 60 per cent of them used Google’s mapping data in the first half of last year.
Google has formally applied for licence to operate online map service to operate in China seeking to return to the lucrative Chinese market after a year long absence.
China’s mapping service regulator said that Google’s application for an online maps licence, which is required for operating such service in China, is under official examination.