Dell partners with Chinese search engine Baidu to develop mobile devices

Dell-baiduAmerican PC maker Dell has announced a partnership with China’s leading search engine Baidu to tap the country’s fast-growing mobile devices market.

Dell confirmed that the two companies were cooperating in the fields of tablet computers and mobile handsets.

Confirming the partnership, a spokesperson for Dell said, “We have a partnership with Baidu and you know we have the Streak 5 tablet, so the partnership will be in that space,” adding that the two firms were also cooperating on the mobile handset front.

However, the Dell spokesperson declined to reveal details of the devices and the timeline for the launch. But, local media reports suggest that the devices could be launched as early as November.

Meanwhile, Baidu has rolled out its own mobile application platform, called Baidu Yi, to enhance its presence in the mobile web market. Baidu Yi will allow third-party application developers to create application like games and maps, which they can give out in a similar way to Apple’s App Store. Currently, the new platform is available only to developers.

Baidu dominates the Chinese search market, with more than 200 million registered users. Following Google’s exit form China, Baidu control 80 per cent of the search market in the world’s most populous country.