China’s top search engine company Baidu, which recently launched a new homepage with modules and unveiled its new mobile software platform compatible with Android Baidu Yi, decided to partner with the US company Dell.
Dell to launch smartphone based on Baidu OS in China
Dell will not be the only mobile phone and tablet manufacturer Baidu is going to work with. These manufacturers will develop handsets, install Baidu Yi platform to some of their products, and then all actors will share the revenue. This partnership will concern the Chinese market only.
Dell has already worked in cooperation with Chinese companies, notably ZTE, regarding the production of its Android smartphones. At the same time, Baidu already partnered with a US firm, namely Microsoft Bing, about its search results in English.
Mobile and tablet market in China
Many companies are trying to increase their presence in the Chinese mobile market. With about 930 million mobile users according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China’s market size is huge.
In addition, China is becoming one of the fastest growing tablet markets in the world. According to Analysis International. The volume of sales in China is expected to go over 4.5 million units in 2011, representing more than 500% growth in one year.