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Sundar Pichai Clears Google’s China Centric Plans

Google had launched a search engine in China in 2006 but pulled the plug in 2010

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Pichai's ability to effectively lead the company, down from 92 per cent "positive" the year before, according to Google's latest annual survey on employee satisfaction, the WIRED reported on Saturday.  . VOA

 Google CEO Sundar Pichai has for the first time gone public about his company’s China-centric plans and has stressed on its need to re-enter the Asian nation that has the world’s largest population, a media report said.

Pichai was speaking on Monday at Wired Magazine’s 25th anniversary summit here in the US.

Since China is an important market, Google is developing a censored search-engine for Beijing codenamed “Dragonfly” that would filter content deemed sensitive by its ruling Communist Party regime.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif

“We wanted to learn what it would look like if Google were in China. It’s very early and we don’t know whether we would or could do this in China but we felt like it was important for us to explore, given how important the market is and how many users there are,” The Verge quoted Pichai as saying.

Information regarding Google’s “Dragonfly” project began surfacing in August and since then the company has faced severe backlash from its employees as well as the US government.

Google’s plan to launch the censored browser has come under heavy criticism from one of its former Asia-Pacific head of free expression who called it a “stupid move”.

In September, Google reportedly developed a prototype of “Dragonfly” that linked users’ search history to their personal phone numbers allowing security agencies to easily track users seeking out information banned by the government.

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Google’s plan to launch the censored browser has come under heavy criticism from one of its former Asia-Pacific head. VOA

Along with former Google Senior Scientist Jack Poulson, several other employees have resigned from the company citing lack of corporate transparency after it revealed its efforts about “Dragonfly”.

The company has been guarding the China-project details against the US Congress.

Appearing before members of the US Congress at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in September end, Google’s Chief Privacy Officer, Keith Enright confirmed that the China search project does exist, but did not disclose much.

President Donald Trump’s administration has also asked Google to shun the “Dragonfly” project.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (Wikimedia Commons)

 

Though Pichai describes his company’s China plans as very preliminary, it is clear that backlash within and outside the company has been vocal and will only intensify in future, the report added.

Also Read: U.S. Government Warns People Against China-Linked Hacking Group

Google had launched a search engine in China in 2006 but pulled the plug in 2010, citing Chinese government efforts to limit free speech and block websites. (IANS)

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OPPO to Launch ‘Oppo Reno Ace’ in China on October 10

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo on Monday confirmed that its next flagship product, 'OPPO Reno Ace', would be launched in China on October 10

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Oppo launched its Oppo Reno2 series of smartphones in August. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo on Monday confirmed that its next flagship product, ‘OPPO Reno Ace’, would be launched in China on October 10.

According to a recent Weibo post by the manufacturer, the device will have 65W fast-charging capabilities and it would be first smartphone to feature the world’s fastest fast charging technology, news portal GSMArena reported.

The device is also rumored to sports a 6.6inch FHD+ curved edge display with thin bezels with 90 Hz refresh rate, up to 100 per cent screen space and one can expect a pop-up or an under-screen camera selfie shooter.

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The handset, OPPO RENO 10X features a 6.6-inch notchless AMOLED display with rounded edges. IANS

The device will be powered by Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 12GB RAM, 256GB onboard storage, a 4,000mAh battery and it supports 5G connectivity.

ALSO READ: LG Looking to Revive its Tablet Business with ‘G Pad 5’

Other details about the smartphone’s specifications are currently under the wraps.

Meanwhile, Oppo launched its Oppo Reno2 series of smartphones in August which consists of Oppo Reno2, the Reno2 F and the Reno2 Z handsets. (IANS)