On Friday, while Asia was sleeping, Mountain View-based startup Quixey announced it closed a US$60 million funding round led by Alibaba, with participation from Softbank, Goldman Sachs, GGV Capital, and others. Re/code first reported the then-upcoming round back in February, so Quixey’s announcement marks the company’s official confirmation.
Quixey , the US-based search engine for apps that Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) invested $50 million into, announced today it has partnered with the Chinese ecommerce titan to launch deep mobile search in China. That means a few things: first, Quixey will now take over mobile search on YunOS, the Alibaba-made Android skin that comes installed on millions of phones sold in China. YunOS will act as a sort of pilot program before Quixey expands to two other Alibaba properties, and possibly much further if it succeeds.