Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

Summary: A Chinese company will produce its own mobile OS using Google's free Android at its core, but little else. It will leverage Google's work to compete with it in the giant Chinese phone market.

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Critics of Google's Android mobile OS have always been vocal about the f-word-- fragmentation. From its inception Android has fallen victim to Google's soft stance to Android versions and it has been common to see at least three or four versions in the market at any given time.

Last week details emerged about Amazon's upcoming Kindle Tablet that will run a totally different OS using the Android kernel but little else. Then China's Baidu announced it will produce its own mobile OS using at its core, you guessed it, Android. There will soon be more versions and derivatives of Android than you can shake a smartphone at.

The Chinese smartphone market is huge, and Baidu is already a major player in China. The move to produce its own mobile OS, Baidu Yi, is solid as the company already has major services in place to leverage with the platform such as mapping, an ebook reader, a Google Places alternative, and a music service. Using a fork of Android at its core obviously gives Baidu a leg up on the creation of its own OS, while allowing it to control the platform it creates on top of it.

There must be something to this approach with two big players now adopting the "Android as the base, our own code as the differentiator" method. Amazon and Baidu are huge in their respective markets, and they are soon going to be known for having their own OS, at Google's expense. The "open" Android system has a big chink in its armor, and these companies are taking advantage of it. With Android continuing to slurp up the smartphone market, both of these new efforts will be directly competing with Google, and have a good shot at doing so in a big way.

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Topics: Operating Systems, Android, Google, Hardware, Mobile OS, Mobility, Security, Smartphones, Software

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  • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

    Am I the only one who see's Baidu as one giant Google rip off..?
    ShanOw
    • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

      @ShanOw Nope, that is how it works in China! One big RipOff!
      slickjim
    • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

      @ShanOw Me too. It's an exact replica, down to layout and colors.
      kingkong88@...
  • As a Google shareholder, I wonder when Google will pull the plug on Android

    It is quickly becoming a liability and a money sink bigger than the Xbox with no future payoff in sight.
    Bruizer
    • re: As a Google shareholder, I wonder when Google will pull the plug on And

      @Bruizer <br><br><i>"... <strong>no future </strong>payoff in sight."</i><br><br>If android is the future, hence the <strong>payoff</strong> for Google.
      Return_of_the_jedi
      • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

        @Return_of_the_jedi <br>It's called "ad revenue" to those who are confused. It's projected that (Gartner) 1.82 billion web-enabled handsets (smartphones) will be available by 2013 with that number expected to obviously climb. That is a treasure trove of ad revenue that Google will easily tap into with it's current and projected market dominance.<br>You can read more here: <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10434760-92.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10434760-92.html</a>
        yu119995
      • So Google's future is to loose money...

        @Return_of_the_jedi

        And go bankrupt?
        Bruizer
      • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

        Google is making money because of Android, not losing it.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

        @yu119995
        Why would Baidu give ad revenue to Google now. It doesn't have to run Google Ads, it will run Baidu ads. See the difference. Since it is in China, Google can't go there to sue Baidu.
        Ram U
    • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

      @Bruizer Right, you don't pull the plug on the fastest growing mobile OS on the planet!
      slickjim
      • You do if it costs you billions ...

        @Peter Perry

        And strengthens your competition. You cannot make it up on volume when you loose $2.00 per unit shipped.

        So far, Android is a Titanic in that the fanboys think it unsinkable and it has already struck the iceberg.
        Bruizer
      • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

        @Bruizer Nope, I just refuse to post unsubstantiated BS like you with no evidence to back it up.

        This is the first real fork period.
        slickjim
      • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

        @Peter Perry
        Your on track Peter Bruizer just isn't that bright yet and doesn't see the bigger picture. Its just like game consoles. they almost loose money on the consoles as the money really comes from the games and accesories for the consoles. Android is the game console and they gave it away now they will want the games, apps, patents, and exclsuive rights to certain accessories only on android. Thats when the pay day comes.
        Fletchguy
      • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

        @Fletchguy Not only that but the Android Project also has a few developers from the likes of HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Huwai, and Sony working side by side free of charge (well, to Google that is) ensuring all handsets are 99% compatible.

        In short, this is not an undertaking that Google is footing the bill for alone.

        Oh and what Bruizer meant to say is, "As an Apple Share Holder" he is wondering when Google is going to dump Android.
        slickjim
      • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

        @Peter Perry [i]Nope, I just refuse to post unsubstantiated BS like you with no evidence to back it up. [/i]
        Now that was pretty funny right there. Tell us another joke :-)
        non-biased
    • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

      @Bruizer
      If you could post a link to something that even remotely resembles a fact, it would be appreciated. Otherwise refrain from posting unsubstantiated numbers please.
      yu119995
    • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

      @Bruizer You do know that Xbox has been profitable since 2008 right?<br><br>Wrong analogy, just saying.
      Samic
    • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

      @Bruizer
      They will not as Android is the biggest branch of google. The fact they allow it to be open source means everyone follows their lead and they dictat the market directions. Its basically a bait for others to swallow. look at Google plus it forced face book in less thwen a week to completely rethink and restructure its options. It now has China following suit. once in trenched they will release patented ideas and additions that all these copy cats will want to use but will have to pay patent money to google to even get close to doing. Google is playing a smart game and companies are taking the bait. Eventually if you want to do anything you ll have to pay Google for the right to do so. Hold your stock.
      Fletchguy
      • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

        @Fletchguy So basically you are saying that all those Fandroids out their that praise Android for being open source (yourself included) are being fooled and before long Google will lock it down and require licensing? Nice bait and switch.
        non-biased
    • RE: Android: Another fork in the code by Baidu

      @Bruizer <br><br>minus those warranty extension losses, XBox is operationally profitable ... what source did you tap that labels XBox a money sink?
      trollCall