Chinese Search Engine Giant Baidu has announced it will launch its own Android Based OS called Baidu Yi-OS (Yes, we know its uncannily sounds similar to iOS). This is considered to be an event which can have a huge effect on the Smartphone industry considering Chinas Population and Baidus Popularity. It can have significant effects on the market share of Apple iOS, Windows Phone 7 and Android itself.
Many users all over the world know about the popularity of Baidu. Baidu is Chinas Biggest Search Engine Giant, like a Chinese equivalent for Google. Baidu has about 80% share in Chinas Search Market. It has already released an Internet Browser called Baidu Browser(which again has uncanny resemblance to Google Chrome) and now they are aiming for the smartphone market. This new was officially announced by Baidu in the Baidu World in Beijing which is an annual event for Baidu.
What seems more interesting is not the launch of just the Yi-OS but also along with it Baidu is going to release a string of services like Baidus own Maps, Music, Places, Search which will replace the conventional Apps. Also Baidu has announced some really good schemes about cloud integration which will help Baidu compete with Microsofts Sky Drive and Apples iCloud. Some of the features announced are :
- Baidu Yi for Maps.
- Baidu Yue a Reader App.
- Baidu Shen Bian like Google Places.
- Baidu Ting its Music App.
Although there has been no announcement yet about the App store. Whether the Yi-OS will support the current Android Market or will it start its own Developers community is still unknown.
Baidu Yi-OS seems like an Andorid OS with the shell of MIUI on it. Considering the impressive graphical interface of MIUI which is also a complete ripp-off of Apple iOS and the capability of Android, Baidu can really surprise the world when everyone is over the iOS-Android debate, well atleast in China it can.
Still, Baidu is going to get a lot of competition within China itself where Android lovers are eagerly awaiting the release of MIUI based Xiaomi M1 smartphone. Xiaomi M1 is touted as one of the most powerful Android Smartphone and that to at an unbelievable price of just $310.