American search engine Google chose to apply for licence to operate in China, agreeing to abide by all the conditions imposed by the government here after its share in the burgeoning 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.
China has always promoted domestic services over foreign in the search engine market. However, in my personal experience in China, Baidu simply provided better SERPs in Chinese than did Google. So it wasn't simply a matter of domestic vs. foreign SEs.