Last week Google fans enjoyed news of a possible resurrection. The company announced the imminent launch of a ‘China-friendly’ Play Store, almost four years after it was first ejected from the country over clashes with the Chinese government. It’s good news for the U.S. giant, which continues to seek out inroads to China’s 1.4 billion customers.

However four years is a long time in the world of tech, and several Chinese innovations have leapt at the opportunity to monetize the gaping market gaps left by Google. One company to do that very well is Chumen Wenwen, who specialize in developing China-specific Android software for smartwatches.

One of the core global features in Android smartwatches is their voice search engine ‘Google Now’. It’s the primary navigation feature, and sadly for China consumers, it’s a service that is prohibited in China. It’s absence has compromised the development of Android-based watches in China, weakening them against the sought-after offerings from Apple.

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