Alphabet Inc’s Google is now easier to access in China after eight years, according to Nikkei. This is said to be Google’s latest attempt at making its way back into the country.

While the US tech giant’s flagship search engine is still inaccessible in the country, users have discovered mobile apps with map functions based on Google data have become accessible in recent days. But users who try to access the app’s navigation features are automatically redirected to AutoNavi, a mapping app operated by Alibaba.

This comes shortly after the news that the US-based tech giant joined an investment in Chushou, a Chinese live-stream mobile game platform, which suggests the company is making new inroads in the Chinese market.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.