Baidu, Chinese search engine gaint, has released a “mobile operating system built on top of Android. Last week, Baidu launched a new mobile application platform and offered a glimpse of its upcoming mobile operating system, which it hopes will serve a growing number of users accessing the Internet from smartphones and tablet computers,” reports Resuters.
The Baidu OS will be getting hardware from Dell and other device makers and declined to comment on the new tie-up. Dell said the partnership with Baidu involved the company’s new mobile platform.
However, the company declined to give a timeline for the launch of the devices, but local media reported on Tuesday, quoting sources, that it may be as early as November.
A Dell spokesperson stated that they had been brought on board with Baidu’s smartphone project. This was confirmed by Baidu spokesperson Kaiser Kuo. Kuo also indicated that there were other hardware partners, but declined to state exactly who they were.
China is one of the fastest growing markets for tablets and is home to more than 900 million mobile phone subscribers, but analysts were skeptical that the partnership would unseat Apple as the dominant force in the market.