According to a document from the real estate industry, in the fourth quarter of 2017, Google rented a 6,000-square-meter office space at China Overseas International Center in Beijing's Arnold Plate, showing signs of its business expansion in China. However, there is no news to confirm what kind of specific business Google wants to launch in the new office area. The industry estimates 6,000 square meters of office space can accommodate three or four hundred employees. Some industry analysts predict that this or Google in the AI business shop.
Google currently also owns the legal person status of Google Information Technology (China) Co., Ltd. in China. The state enterprise credit information system shows that the nature of the company is wholly foreign-owned and solely controlled by Google Ireland Holdings Co., Ltd.
In August 2016, Google once relocated China's office district from Beijing's Wudaokou to the North Fourth Ring Financial Information Center, but its office area has shrunk significantly.
So far, Google has faded out of the Chinese market for seven years, during which time it has been reported that Google wants to return to the Chinese market, but no concrete progress has been made. However, as China, the world's largest Internet market, unlimited business opportunities for Google unforgettable. By the end of 2017, Google is using actions to demonstrate its longing for the Chinese market.
In 2017, Google CEO Piaget appeared in China Wuzhen World Internet Conference. At the Google China Developers Conference at the end of that year, Google Chief Scientist Li Feifei announced in the speech the establishment of Google AI China Center. The center landed in Beijing. The industry believes that Google is strengthening the business in China in the name of AI. And its newly rented office space in Beijing or preparation for this business, although Google has been recruiting in China, but not yet seen in public messages Google's AI business has been formally operational.
Industry analysts said that in the face of the Chinese Internet giant Alibaba, and Baidu's fierce competition, Google want to have something in the field of AI is no longer an easy task.