Chinese search giant Baidu said on Tuesday it would release a new version of its large language model soon, a week after the company won approval from authorities to release its ChatGPT-like service to the general public. Robin Li, chief executive of Baidu, said that he hopes entrepreneurs will create “hit apps” in the AI era using the company’s large model. On the same day, Baidu also announced 11 AI-native applications based on its ERNIE model and its model-as-a-service cloud platform Qianfan, including Chinese Word processor WPS AI, the country’s first generative AI app for the collaborative office sector. More than 10,000 enterprises use Baidu’s Qianfan platform every month, according to the company. [TechNode reporting]