Couple of months ago we have seen the fight the Chinese government and Google has undertaken. Due to some pirate attacks on google.cn, Google has identified it was coming from Chinese government representatives, and therefore, have condemned those attacks. Google has already made a lot of concessions to enter the Chinese market, hiding some searches which could annoy Chinese politicians, especially related to the Tien A Men events. But it seems that Google and China has gone to a no coming back point.
If that was the case, Google would turn its back to a multi billion dollar potential market, which is probably one of the most important in the future. The results of this fight is not miscellaneous, and it might even help some of its competitors like Bing or Yahoo to gain some global market shares. Of course, I don’t think it will change dramatically the landscape of this market.
As Google stops its search engine activities, it seems obvious they will probably leave with its mobile phone activities.
In my opinion, it would be no surprise to me that China has made on purpose to make Google leave in order to help its local search engine have a boost, and hence have a chance to earn some market shares on Google worldwide. China has no remorse on preventing foreign competitors to rule its market.
What do you think about it? Do you believe this news will actually change the face of the search engine market worldwide.