Baidu to Release a Cloud Based Smartphone to Rival iOS and Android Platforms in China
According to latest reports realted to Chinese Internet giant Baidu; the company is set to launch its own ‘Baidu Cloud’ to stir its rivals in China’s smartphone market especially Google one. ‘Baidu Cloud’ will be a smartphone platform that will integrate its cloud-based storage service and other Web products.
Baidu,the company behind China’s most popular search engine, already owns an Android-based operating system, Yi, but a company spokesperson recently disclosed that ‘Baidu Cloud’ will be a distinguished platform that will directly integrate its cloud-based products.
Baidu officials have provided some info to Reuters regarding its upcoming Cloud based service and revealing that the company is engaged in talks with its ‘global’ partners, however, deeply detailed information is expected to come next week when Baidu will disclose its global partners and other particulars about the brand.
On the other hand, it has been already confirmed that Biadu’s Wangpan — a Google Drive-like product in beta yet, will play a major role in boosting new platform.
Though, Baidu Cloud seems a fresh mug to Android yet it is not obvious whether the China’s best search engine is also interested in releasing its own ‘Baidu Smartphone’ in partnership with Foxconn, as reported by Tech In Asia.
The Next Web comments on the news related to Baidu Cloud;
It could be that the Foxconn device is a Baidu-branded device, powered by Baidu Cloud, while the operating system is available for license and use by other manufacturers to create competing devices.
It is not confirmed whether, like Yi, Baidu Cloud will be based on Android but the focus on Baidu’s own services, rather than Google’s, will make future devices particularly appealing to Chinese mobile owners.
At present Apple iPhone is said to be the most popular smartphone in China which is sold as hot cake across the country. However, it Baidu phone comes with an amazing price tag of $159 (1,000 RMB) price tag, as reported by Tech In Asia, it will be proved a real and big challenge for both Apple and Google since it will be an attractive smartphone for low end users of china which are in massive majority.
Irrespective, Baidu Cloud has the potential to rival Android by providing a dedicated Chinese operating system which, crucially, bypasses Google’s services in favor of Baidu’s own. Such a platform will interest smartphone makers keen to grab a slice of the buoyant Chinese market with a locally appealing user experience.