Baidu to launch new Yi-based smartphone next week

“Baidu Inc, China’s largest search engine, will launch a new smartphone partnership next week, that will see the smartphone use an upgraded version of its mobile operating system, a senior company executive said on Friday,” Melanie Lee and Yuntao Huang report for Reuters.

“Baidu will announce the tie-up next week for new mobile devices, similar to Baidu’s partnership with Dell Inc last December when Dell launched a smartphone running on Baidu’s Yi platform,” Lee and Huang report. “However, the new smartphones will run an upgraded version of Baidu Yi and will be called Baidu Cloud.”

Lee and Huang report, “Wang said the firm was in talks with ‘global’ handset manufacturers to make smartphones with Baidu’s mobile operating system, for the Chinese market… Last year, Baidu launched its mobile platform, Yi, in China to compete with Google Inc’s Android mobile operating system and Apple Inc’s iOS.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Knockoff of a knockoff.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. And Google’s revenue stream in China goes up in smoke.

    Guess that “free and open” thing sounded good at the planning meeting though.

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