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Baidu planning mobile OS?


Baidu's CEO Robin Li hinted that China's largest search engine may be planning a lightweight mobile OS for smartphones and tablets. Hot on the heels of retreating Google, Baidu currently enjoys 75 percent of China's web search revenue to Google's 16 and may well be pressing in the OS domain as well. The OS concept will center on the search box -- or Baidu Box -- with the end goal seeing it become the sole interface on a mobile device. Mr. Li further stated his hope would be to see that interface up and running on the device within a second of boot up. While this OS will apparently be search-centric, its other features will focus on social media and other online content. Of course, this is a three to five year plan, so we can definitely expect hardware advances and system advances to help make this lofty dream into a reality.

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