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Baidu To Make Smart Glasses

Google Glasses is about to get a competition as Chinese search engine giant Baidu has announced that they too are working on their own smart glass technology. According to China Daily it’s going to be a wearable Internet gadget that is going to be worn like eyeglasses.

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The device is called Baidu Eye which will be controlled by voice and will feature LED technology that will be able to recognize images. Bone-conduction technology is also used to recognize the spoken words of the user. The device is rumored to be working right now however the battery and design is still a work in progress.

According to reports, Baidu Eye will be able to recognize buildings, books, and human faces. It also recognizes the gestures of the user so that some of its features can easily be launched such as the camera or photo sharing.

A leaked image of the device taken at the company office shows a person wearing what appears to be a smart glass however Baidu did not confirm this to be real. Based on the photo we are seeing what appears to be a pre-production device and looks like a regular eyeglass with the technology being clamped on.

Kaiser Kuo, a spokesperson for Baidu, said that “We experiment with every kind of technology that is related to search.” He further added that “What you are doing with your camera, for example, taking a picture of a celebrity and then checking on our database to see if we have a facial image match, you could do the same thing with a wearable visual device.”

The company is still considering if they will make the Baidu Eye commercially available. If it does get released in the Chinese market it could pose a problem with the Chinese Internet police.

Baidu is China’s largest search engine company that controls over 70% of web search in China. It also provides various other related services and is ranked as the second largest Chinese Internet company behind Tencent.

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Baidu Cloudphone Official Announcement This December 21

Baidu, a Chinese company that mainly provides a Chinese language search engine, has plans of entering the lucrative smartphone market. Rumors that the company will be releasing a smartphone go way back to two years ago with nothing solid coming out until now. The search giant made an announcement recently that they will be hosting a special online conference this coming December 21 to unveil their upcoming device.

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The Baidu Cloudphone (not its official name yet) is said to be unique since it will be a 100% Internet Phone. We are still not sure what this means until we get to know its features. Since the word cloud is being used then most probably it will rely on a constant data connection for it to operate.

Baidu has teamed up with China Telecom (where the device will operate) and a yet unknown hardware manufacturer as well as a third party software developer to come up with their device. What we do know as of now is that it will be running Baidu’s own operating system which is based on the Android platform.  Some of its rumored specifications include a 4.5 inch display with 540×960 pixels and a dual core 1.2 GHz processor. It will come in three colors namely red, black and white.

During the online conference the company will give detailed information regarding their upcoming device. The price, specifications and release date will be known by then.

Judging from what we know initially the Cloudphone has pretty much a mid-level specification. Since it’s going to run on China Telecom this means that it could be subsidized to subscribers and will be priced affordably.

We still don’t know if this device will only be available in China or will also be marketed overseas. One thing we are definitely sure though, if it’s going to be an Internet phone then it’s going to need a data connection.

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Baidu releases a new browser for mobile devices

Baidu Inc. is a Chinese web services company. Baidu currently offers range of services, including a Chinese language search engine for websites, audio files, and images. Baidu also offers a 57 search and community services including Baidu Baike, an online collaboratively built encyclopedia, and a searchable keyword-based discussion forum. Baidu is like a Google alternative for the Chinese market, and it’s very popular. To testify that statement, Baidu ranked 6th overall in the Alexa Internet rankings in September, 2011.

More and more people across the world are starting to use internet on mobile. In China, the number of people going online from mobile devices has risen to 388 million, which is a big number to take the market seriously. In order to cash in on the smartphone users from China, Baidu has launched its own mobile web browser in order to secure its share in a mobile market which has more users than the whole US population in totality. Baidu’s mobile browser highlights shift to mobile, cloud computing. Baidu, being a very popular search engine in China, is aiming to go against Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome with its own browser.

According to the company, Baidu Mobile Browser is about 20% faster than its rivals. Baidu has considered Google Chrome’s approach to load webpages and ability to view HD videos. Like the Chrome, even Baidu Mobile Browser will be able to access web-based mobile apps and play HD videos without having to download or install any additional apps.

Currently, Baidu makes money from users searching from laptops and desktops, however, customers are switching to mobile devices, which also poses as a threat to the company if it doesn’t find a way to monetize from mobile search traffic. The search engine giant expects to make money from mobile users through advertising, apps and content of course. Monetizing is however a medium-term concern as its advertising clients will still have to create mobile versions of their websites.

Baidu’s goal is for 80 percent of China’s Android handsets to have downloaded the Baidu Mobile Browser by the end of 2012, Li said.

Baidu still has ties with Yahoo and has been actively researching methods to monetize search engine traffic. Of course, the company won’t be relying just on a browser to generate significant part of the revenue. For instance, Mozilla relies on Google along for its revenue, so Baidu has to treat its browser as a part of a much wider revenue generation system.

Baidu aims to have the browser running on 80% of Chinese Android smartphones, which is really ambitious. May be it will tie up with manufacturers henceforth to have the browser pre-installed on their smartphones. The firm’s CFO, Jennifer Li also said that the company will be spending as much as $1.6 billion (10 billion yuan) to build a cloud computing centre, another market where Baidu hopes to make some cash in the near future.

It’s great that Baidu is looking forward into the future. A Chinese anti-virus software firm called Qihoo 360 Technology entered into the search engine business last month and apparently managed to tumble Baidu’s share by over 17 percent.

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Baidu Unveils ROM for its Own Android Smartphones in China

Baidu, a China-based web service provider, has unveiled a new ROM that will replace Google’s services on Android smartphones.

Previously, the company had relied on Google for some services such as its search engine and cloud services. Now, with the new ROM, Baidu offers services similar to Google’s, giving users a more personalized and complete Baidu experience on their mobile devices. For instance, there now is the Baidu Wangpan, a file storage service on the cloud similar to Google Drive. There is also Baidu Xiangce, Baidu’s own photo album service. There are now also Baidu-branded services for maps, music, news, search ranking, web directory, and image search, among others.

It bears noting that Baidu is presently China’s number one search engine, getting 79% of searches in such area. Meanwhile, Google, which leads everywhere else on the globe, gets only 14.7%.

It is thus not surprising that Baidu should have great ambitions. In fact, the customized Android ROM, however, is not the only thing that Baidu has prepared. Also in the works over at Baidu is the company’s own mobile OS based on Android. In its plan to dominate the mobile scene, Baidu is even considering creating custom operating systems based on iOS or Windows.

Currently, however, the company is focusing its efforts on the custom ROM, which is exclusively available for the Google Nexus S. Nonetheless, it will also be made available for selected smartphones running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the succeeding weeks.

The custom Baidu ROM is available for download through the company’s official website. Interested users should be warned, however, that installation is not as easy as downloading the ROM directly onto a device. Instead, users may sideload it through a USB connection from a computer. It helps if one knows Mandarin and has experience in sideloading. Otherwise, installing it might be better left to experts.