Baidu’s efforts to bring its own customized Android ROM to Chinese smartphones appears to be fizzling out as the company shifts resources away from the project. On Wednesday, the team behind the Baidu Cloud OS, a suite of tools and interfaces designed for Android phones and incorporated into the company’s Android ROM, announced it was saying goodbye to the platform.
No news means bad news when it comes to tech companies. If they’ve nothing to boast about, the ensuing silence looks suspicious. That’s been the case with Baidu’s version of Android (pictured above), which launched in late 2011. Despite a high-profile and promising start as Dell made use of Baidu’s Android-based Yun OS for a new China-only phone, the Chinese search giant’s OS thereafter didn’t show any signs of finding favor with the nation’s smartphone shoppers.
Baidu is preparing to launch an autonomous car this year. The internet search giant has been working on a variety of innovative ideas including smart bikes, augmented glasses and other hardware centric ideas in the past two years. Launching the car this year would be an interesting proposition, considering China has not regulated autonomous cars and most automotive companies are holding off on making a car until 2020.
Huawei’s CloudMall data center solution made its debut at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Spain this week. The company also signed a memorandum of understanding with Baidu to jointly develop indoor mobile Internet. With the joint development of technical innovation, product development, and marketing promotion, Huawei and Baidu plan to accelerate the development of mobile internet applications based on indoor scenarios.
Earlier this week, Alibaba subsidiary Aliyun announced it was opening a data center in Santa Clara, California, as the first step in expanding the giant’s reach into the U.S. cloud services market. Alibaba isn’t the only Chinese internet company looking to gain data center foothold in Silicon Valley. Other heavyweights, including Tencent and Baidu, have been shopping for data center space in the Valley in recent months, Jeff West, director of data center research at the commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, said.
Chinese search engine Baidu has been the king of China’s search game for a long time, since well before Google decided to leave the Chinese market. But given the similarities between their services and, especially in the early days, their aesthetic, comparisons between Baidu and Google are common. In the foreign press, Baidu is often called the “Chinese Google,” or flat-out accused of being a Google copycat.
China Mobile and Chinese search engine Baidu reached a deal to jointly build a new-generation mobile Internet cloud computing center. The center is named Baidu Yizhuang New-generation Search Data Center (first phase) and financial terms of the deal were not released.. According to China Mobile, this will become the industry’s first large-scale cloud computing center which targets mobile Internet businesses.
Baidu, China’s largest search engine, posted revenues of CNY14.05 billion (US$2.25 billion) and net profit of CNY3.229 billion for the fourth quarter of 2014, growing on year by 47.5% and 16% respectively, according to China-based tech.qq.com. Of the fourth-quarter revenues, 42% came from mobile search services, Baidu said.
BEIJING: Chinese search engine company Baidu Inc is tapping renewed interest in equities trading by launching a stocks app using artificial intelligence to predict how stocks, sectors and markets may perform. It will compete with similar products from other internet firms, in particular Tencent Holdings, and it marks a further step into the financial sector by Baidu, as it and other companies including Alibaba Group Holding vie to be at the cutting edge of financial service innovation in China.
Chinese developer Dalian Wanda Group’s e-commerce unit is expected to begin operations later this year. The company is taking a different approach to competing with the industry leader Alibaba, reports Guangzhou’s Time Weekly. Following Wanda’s initial public offering in Hong Kong on Dec. 23, the largest in Asia in 2014, the property developer was once again in the news when its e-commerce unit received investments worth 1 billion yuan (US$161 million) from two investment funds on Jan. 4.
Most of Indonesia’s web users spend time online using mobile devices. And while there are about 38.3 million active smartphone users in the country, that number will surpass 100 million by 2018. So it’s a big market to be in, and there’s huge opportunity to win the hearts of those upcoming smartphone users in Indonesia. Third-party Android app stores like Baidu’s MoboMarket want to tap into this lucrative industry. Mobomarket recently released Q4 2014 data:
Chinese search engine company Baidu recently reached an agreement with Nokia to provide map services to Chinese users outside China as Baidu aims to develop international businesses through mobile services. Nokia’s map and navigation business Here announced that it will provide overseas map data to Baidu map, targeting the Chinese outbound tourist market. Here will provide data to Baidu map’s desktop, iOS, and Android editions. The new service will first be available in Taiwan and gradually cover other countries and regions.
Today Wanda Group, the Chinese commercial real estate firm best known for its movie theater chains, announced that its joint ecommerce venture with Tencent and Baidu closed a RMB 1 billion (US$161 million) funding round. The two investment funds, Xude Rendao and Centec Networks, will take 2 percent and 3 percent equity in the company, respectively. Wanda Group states that Tencent and Baidu now each hold a 15 percent stake in the venture, which is now valued at RMB 20 billion (about US$3.2 billion).
There are 904 airplanes in Chinese airspace right now. One plane just flew near my apartment as its journey from Chengdu to Shanghai nears the end. I know that because I’m playing around with a new plane tracking app – which includes some augmented reality trickery – that came out today, made by Chinese search engine giant Baidu.
Baidu Research, the research division of search giant Baidu, unveiled last night a speech recognition technology it has dubbed “Deep Speech.” According to an official release, Baidu’s team of artificial intelligence researchers in Sunnyvale designed Deep Speech to recognize and interpret voice input in noisy environments like restaurants, where ambient noise or other factors can muddle accuracy.
Earlier today Here, the maps service owned by Nokia, announced a partnership with Baidu that will see it power the Chinese search giant’s mapping technology outside of China. According to a release from the Finnish company, Baidu Maps’ first Here-powered market will be Taiwan, with other countries expected to roll out soon. The news marks a minor but noteworthy development as China’s internet giants seek to expand their footprints abroad.
Indonesia has long been considered a mobile-first country, since users from its current generation onwards will get their first taste of the internet via their mobile devices. It is imperative for any company looking to break into Indonesia to understand these users better. If you’ve been wondering about the Indonesia market, you’d probably want to look at Baidu Indonesia’s report on the country’s mobile internet users, released at Startup Asia Jakarta 2014.
If China’s top Internet search engine controls Chinese literature the way it delivers Internet search results, be prepared for Baidu.com to censor, misrepresent, and deliver books to Chinese readers in a way only a book-burner could love. Baidu is now extending its government-influenced Internet monopoly into the Chinese literature sector. Baidu Literature announced its establishment and revealed a complete structure covering several sub-brands like Zongheng.com, 91 Panda Book, and Baidu Shucheng.
Chinese search engine giant Baidu, Inc. recently announced it’s established a literary website by integrating a number of existing websites under its name. The literary websites now under Baidu’s banner include 91 Panda Reading app, Zongheng and Baidu Shucheng. Zhang Dongchen, Baidu’s vice president, said the company plans to focus on original online novels and take advantage of its platform. It will collaborate with game companies, TV and film production studios to transform its original novels.
Baidu, China’s top search engine company, now gets more traffic on mobile than it does on desktop computers. This little nugget of info is hidden in plain sight in Baidu’s Q3 earnings report (PDF link), which came out last night. “This is quite significant,” says Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director of international communications, in an email exchange with Tech in Asia. “To be a bit more specific, average daily mobile traffic surpassed average daily PC traffic,” he adds, emphasizing that this refers to total traffic, not just search queries.