What's left for Google to conquer? A browser of course! Michael Arrington
reports that Google has just bought a minority stake in the Maxthon Browser
. The browser currently has over 80 million downloads, with over half of the users living in China. Searchers from this browser seem to account for 25% of Baidu traffic, Google's competition in China. If Google replaces the default search option to direct to Google search, they have easily gained a nice spot in the Chinese market.
This new purchase could spell a better relationship between Google and China, with whom they have had trouble with in the past. And it's going to make a lot of Google users happy to know that there is a small chance that Google will use their expertise to enter the full fledged browser marketplace.