Web search giant Google plans to build a research and
development center in Shanghai, says
PC World. The goal for the company is to develop and expand its
search business in China.
In the first quarter of this year, Google saw only 19
percent of China’s search market revenue, followed by Yahoo with 14
percent. The leader in the search market is currently Baidu.com with 57
percent of the market according
to Analysys International. With the R&D center, Google is hoping
to take over the lead in the search market in China.
Details have not yet been released on the research and
development center, such as number of employees, cost of construction, or size
of the center. Though the details are scarce, the plans have been
confirmed by Google China spokesperson, Marsha Wong.
Many competing search companies have had difficulties
expanding and growing their business in the Chinese market, partly due to
recent political difficulties involving search censorship and access from
within the country. Yahoo photo sharing service, Flickr, was just recently blocked in China.