Domain name registrations suggest Google is indeed going back to China with Google Play.
It appears that Google Play, the search giant’s app store, is indeed making another play for the Chinese market. There have been rumors about a return to China in recent months.
Google registered a number of domain names related to Google Play in China yesterday and today, including:
googleplaychina.com, googleplaychinaedition.com, googlechinaaccount.com, googlechinaedition.com, gcaapis.com, gcaauth.com, gpceauth.com, gpceimages.com, gpcedata.com
and about a dozen related domain names.
As this Venture Beat article points out, Google Play could grow much faster if it reentered China. These domain name registrations suggest the company is indeed getting ready to make the move back into china.