Baidu is a web services provider based in China. Its main application is a search engine similar to Google, and like Google, it also offers several other services, like weather forecast, multimedia content search, maps, games, etc. Some of the products offered are:
It is the number 1 search engine in China. So far, Baidu has developed web-based applications, but also a cloud-based operating system, which has been adapted to mobile devices, and it has also recently launched its own mobile device.
Baidu’s cloud smartphone
Baidu’s operating system for mobiles was launched last month. It is mainly cloud-based, which means it doesn’t need a powerful device in order to run, just an internet connection. As part of its launching campaign, Baidu has announced a 100GB of free storage in the cloud for all users.
Although the intention to launch versions for Windows Phone and iOS have been announced, Baidu mobile OS works for now only on Android-based Samsung Galaxy S.
However, Chinese users have complained that some of the apps provided by Baidu are not available on the Android platform, as it doesn’t support them. Baidu offers more apps that are relevant to Chinese users compared to Android, which makes its product clearly China-focused. So in order to solve this, Baidu has launched its own Smartphone, the Changhong H5018, which works on a forked version of Android. This means that users of Android phones can personalize their devices to use Baidu more efficiently.
Intel is making real efforts in order to increase its presence on mobile devices. In order to accomplish this goal, Intel and Baidu have signed a collaboration contract to develop software for the Chinese mobile internet market. They’ve created a laboratory and Chinese developers will have access to Intel-based products based (tablets, PCs and smartphones) in order to test the software.
Intel will also offer the Chinese developers access to software tools. The purpose of this is to develop an app which will integrate voice and face recognition features. The agreement was signed at the end of the Intel Developer Forum kept in Beijing, where Intel made several statements that revealed Intel’s commitment to Baidu, not only in the mobile field, but also in the cloud computing area.
Baidu, Google’s Asian equivalent in the search engine market, confirmed that their agreement with Intel won’t focus only on software and its hardware integration, although it won’t include smartphone development.