The Chinese company, Baidu, which resembles Google, has partnered with Xiaomi, which follows in the footsteps of Apple to incorporate two trends in the technological world. The two patterns are the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. Xiaomi announced the alliance that brings together successful Chinese firms at their developer conference in Beijing. Baidu is the third most valuable public technology company in China affirming its strong presence in the Chinese market and indeed the world. Xiaomi, on the other hand, is among the top-most private companies globally.
Baidu has a market capitalization of $86 billion and has deep interest globally in the Artificial Intelligence while Xiaomi has become a critical player in the Chinese market and has even spread to countries like India with their pocket-friendly smartphones. These phones and smart-devices work pretty as well as other devices which cost a lot.
The two firms are announcing their partnership and alliance for the first time, but their collaboration seems to have been in place for some time now. DuerOS, which is Baidu’s operating system for conversations is available in various hardware belonging to Xiaomi.
Though not much is clear about the deal as at now, the two corporations have alluded that plans were underway to explore vast opportunities in voice recognition, artificial intelligence, deep learning. Their partnership could also extend to other emerging areas like the internet of things, robotics, VR, and self-driving cars which Baidu is currently venturing in. Xiaomi could join the prospects in the coming future.
Baidu has invested so much to launch a partnership approach with other players in the hardware market to enable its products including the DuerOS to consumers. What’s more, Baidu does not charge a fee for the software. The alliance with Xiaomi is also targeting product marketing, and reports indicate that Baidu works with more than a hundred other businesses in the smart devices sector.