Baidu Yi also debuts the company's own mobile browser, and offers access to Baidu's online music platform, called ting!, which has access to 500,000 songs for free download. Baidu is offering access to mobile apps through its own virtual store, and has signed agreements with the app stores of operators and other partners. More than 50,000 apps will be available through it.
The Chinese search giant is in talks with other handset vendors to use the Baidu Yi mobile platform, and is considering making it available on tablets, Wang said.
Baidu unveiled the new smartphone as other Chinese companies have also released their own mobile operating systems as a way to promote their services. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group launched its own Aliyun OS in July through a company subsidiary. The country has more than 900 million mobile phone users, according to government estimates.
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