Although some of you might have laughed a few days back when we told you about Baidu’s plans to challenge Google and Apple in the mobile OS market, today we have additional news on the Chinese company’s intentions, and these look even more ambitious.
Upon officially introducing the Cloud ROM to the public, Baidu has announced that it is in discussions with 20 handset manufacturers “to seek possibilities for cooperation”. The 20 unnamed companies join a list of Baidu partners already featuring Changhong, the manufacturer behind the making of the first ever Cloud-powered phone, and Dell, a company that probably needs no introduction.
While today’s press release [...]
Google may well be the most used search engine in Europe and the US, but as it turns out, the Mountain View-based giant is just a minor player in China (the biggest market of them all), accounting for just 14.7% of the search market. When it comes to Google’s mobile OS however, statistics change all of a sudden, and show Android accounting for north of 68% of the Chinese mobile-OS market during Q4 2011.
It’s in this context that Baidu, the leader in China’s search market (with 79% of Chinese searches) has released a custom ROM for Android that swaps Google and most of its services for Baidu’s own search engine and a bunch of other cloud based services, that are very [...]