Feeds

Dell chums up with Baidu for China smartphone charge

Reckons 200 million registered users can't be wrong

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Dell is partnering with China's Baidu on smartphones and tablets as its fortunes start to flag in Western markets.

On Friday, Baidu, China's most popular search engine, announced its Android-based software platform Baidu Yi for smartphones and Dell is shaping up to be its first hardware partner.

"We can confirm our partnership with Baidu for our smartphones in China through our participation in Baidu's Mobile Terminal Union," Dell Singapore spokeswoman Adeline Lee told The Reg.

She refused to give a timeline for the launch of any devices, but sources told local media that it could be as early as November, Reuters reported.

Dell hasn't had much luck with its Android devices so far in Western markets, dropping its Streak 5 from the US in August, and is no doubt hoping that China's gigantic pool of mobile users has room for its products.

Although Apple's Tim Cook has said the first three months of 2011 saw iPhone sales in "Greater China" grow around 250 per cent, the fruity firm only held 8.3 per cent of the smartphone market by the end of 2010, according to Beijing beancounter Analysys International. So, while the popularity of the Great White Phone is on the up, there's still plenty of space in China's technology-loving hearts for some new gadgets.

If any company can stall the Jobsian revolution in its tracks, it's probably Baidu, one of China's most popular brands and pretty much the only search engine since Google made its high-profile exit last year. And although Baidu Yi is Android-based, Baidu execs haven't ruled out developing their own operating system for smartphones. Dell is similarly flexible when it comes to OS, with devices loaded with Android and Windows on the market.

CEO Robin Li said last week that Baidu currently has 200 million registered users, while China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has said that the country has 900 million mobile phone users – the kind of eye-watering figures that could encourage more firms to hitch their wagon to Baidu. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes
Bandwidth hogger needs tube embiggenment if it's to succeed
Turnbull gave NBN Co NO RULES to plan blackspot upgrades
NBN Co faces huge future Telstra bills and reduces fibre footprint
NBN Co plans fibre-to-the-basement blitz to beat cherry-pickers
Heading off at the pass operation given same priority as blackspot fixing
NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER
Announcement of VDSL trial is not proof of concept for fibre-to-the-node
Google eyes business service in latest Fiber trials
Lucky Kansas City buggers to host yet another pilot program
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.