According to local report, Baidu is stealthily developing its own Mobile OS(codenamed Qiushi which means fruits in autumn) which is based around Android and will be released by year-end. Baidu dismissed the rumor by referring Qiushi to an under-developing mobile ad product.

Currently there’re several Android-based mobile OS in China, among which the most famous and prospective ones are DianxinOS(an Innovation Works member) and MIUI (by Xiaomi Tech), both are well-funded and talent-equipped. Dianxin founder Zhang Lei founded and headed Baidu Wireless business. While MIUI seems popular both in and out of China, with several global fans clubs in US, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, AustraliaRussia and more.

Baidu VP Ren Xuyang once commented that “Mobile internet is an important component of our future strategies. Baidu is hoping to play a key role in the mobile internet field, partnering with operators, Content Producers, mobile vendors and software developers to push forward the industry development. ” And if Baidu want to achieve that grand goal, taking care of Mobile OS will be a shortcut.

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Ben Jiang

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