Google is expected to wind up its operations in China, by april 10, though this news has not been officially released by them. Googles move to quit China was brought to the knowledge of the tech community after it announced about its plan in January this year. Googles decision was the result of the restrictions imposed by the Chinese government to filter its search results. Google currently holds 35 percent of the Chinese search market, compared to its local competitor Baidu which dominates with 60 percent share. Baidu was in news recently for its fraudulent high-cost-per-click advertisements that blocked smaller websites in its search results for not opting-in to Baidu’s advertising pograms.
The Chinese government seems to have no regret for its moves in the Google issue and its Minister for Industry and Information Technology has been quoted saying that Google should either abide to the law or pay the consequences, giving no sign of possible compromise in their dispute over the censorship and hacking.
Even if Google shuts down its Google labs, it would continue to run a development center in Beijing for a full fledged mobile phone business. The workforce at the Google camp in china is expected to be around 700.