Baidu has already launched a Twitter-like service and announced plans to integrate apps and search. Now they're taking another step forward to develop their own operating system for mobile devices, reports the FT.
Over the coming three to five years, the company aimed to create software which offered use of a web search box within a second of starting their smartphone or tablet computer, Robin Li told the Financial Times.
"In order for an operating system to work, it needs to [do a lot of processing], but if we make it just about a search box, then the task will be much simpler.
Li said: "Right now when you power on an iPhone, it takes 45 seconds before you can do anything. In the future, one second, you turn on the device, and you can start using the box. That's our mission for the future of the internet."
Li's remarks offer the clearest explanation yet of a strategy he calls "box computing", and indicate that its ultimate result could resemble Chrome OS, the light operating system Google has developed.
Li has long said he wanted to transform the search box, the frame where internet users can enter the phrase they want to search for, into a universal computing tool that could replace all other interfaces. He went on talking about the goal to transform the search box into a universal computing tool that could replace all other interfaces. "The goal is to let people become increasingly dependent on the Baidu box," he added.