Baidu invested in and became the largest investor of DigiOne, a mobile Internet service which distributes cellphones to nearly 70,000 cellphone stores (report in Chinse). DigiOne have secured Series A financing from Shenzhen Capital Group and ZSVC in 2011.

Founded in 2006, DigiOne distributes small amounts of cellphones to small- and medium-sized stores directly, lowering the retailing price of smartphones at terminals by reducing the expenses and time of intermediate links.

With this move, Baidu aims to strengthen the connection between Baidu cloud smart terminal platform with hardware manufactures and B2B channels. It targets to combine the technology advantage of Baidu Cloud and the hardware and marketing channels of DigiOne in a bid to perfect the industrial ecology.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.