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Google Pulls Plug on Translate App for China in Ongoing Retreat

  • The app now displays an error message for users in China
  • Google pulled its main search service from the country in 2010

Google shut down its Translate app for China, ending one of the few remaining services the US giant still operates in the world’s biggest internet arena.

The service’s web page in China now shows a photo of a generic search bar that redirects to Google’s Hong Kong translation site, which isn’t accessible from the mainland. “We have discontinued Google Translate in mainland China due to low usage,” a company representative said in a statement.