Google China's revenue is still growing "quarter on quarter" although it has lost market share since redirecting its mainland home page to its Hong Kong website in March, a senior executive said at a forum yesterday in Beijing.
It was the first time the world's biggest online search service provider has commented on its China revenue after the United States-based giant shut its mainland website and redirected users to the Hong Kong site.
"Our search volume is stable and the revenue is still growing quarter on quarter in China," said Liu Yun, Google's vice president who is in charge of China's marketing and sales, during the Google Innovation Forum.
Liu declined to reveal more details or figures. He attributed the growth to the display advertising business, which allows advertisers to put multi-media promotion clips online and on mobile phones, especially those running on the Google-developed Android platform,.
But the redirection of its website to Hong Kong has cut Google's share of China's Internet search market to 24.6 percent in the third quarter from 26.8 percent in the previous three months, according to iResearch, a Shanghai-based research company.
The search giant also showed off several latest technologies, such as voice and picture search as well as Google Instant at the forum. Google Instant, which can show search results as users type, will be released soon in the Chinese website, it said.
Other new services displayed included Translation which allows foreign users to search in local websites through their mother language, and voice search for drivers and blind people, and Google Goggles that can search information about landmarks, books and artworks through pictures just shot.