China’s Baidu wants to make Windows Phones also

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Baidu's Android phone costs only $159

Baidu, who has just announced a low-cost Android phone, has told TechCrunch they also hope to create Windows Phones as part of extending their cloud platform.

“We want Baidu’s Cloud Smart Terminal to function as a platform that sits on top of all operating systems, such as Windows Phone and iOS,” Kaiser Kuo, a spokesperson for Baidu, told TechCrunch today. “We are not yet working on a Windows Phone device but the hope is to make one,” he noted,

For Baidu it is all about the Baidu Cloud Smart Terminal, a collection of services such as cloud-based storage service, location-based services and Baidu Map, voice recognition and handwriting-based search input, Baidu Music and services to recharge your call and data credits on the device.

Baidu’s big strategy to create a device that will appeal to the less affluent demographic in the country. Part of the reason the device will be priced so inexpensively, Kuo said, is because most of the services that Baidu is loading into the device will be cloud-based. That means the device does not need to have as much processing power built into it.

“You don’t need a lot of power, just the ability to connect to the Internet because we are shifting the computing from the terminal back to the cloud,” he noted.

“The Baidu Cloud Smart terminal platform is a crucial step in Baidu’s overall Cloud strategy in the mobile Internet sphere…it will significantly lower manufacturing costs for many mobile manufacturers and cooperating partners. Baidu is joining hands with hardware vendors, terminal manufacturers, developers and others in the industry so that everyone along the whole value chain is a winner.”

Baidu’s ODM is Foxconn, the same ODM as the iPhone, and they have created a smartphone with Dell before.

Until they extend their cloud platform outside China however they do not plan to extend their services out of the country.

“When we have robust cloud offerings outside of China, only then would it make sense to offer terminals there,” Kuo said.

Read more at TechCrunch here.

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