Qihoo 360 (NYSE:QIHU) today announced a joint venture with Chinese phone maker Coolpad (HK:02369). Qihoo has invested US$409.05 million for a 45% stake in the mobile manufacturer. Smartphones shipped by the JV will be under brand Dazen, a sub-brand of Coolpad.

Qihoo 360’s mobile services, including security, app store and mobile search, will become the default options onthe  full portfolio of Coolpad’s smartphones.

Coolpad is one of the biggest Android phone makers and was one of the first to launch 4G smartphones in China.

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com