The Chinese Google is Gaining Territory
August 22, 2012
The Chinese Google has joined forces with another interactive information company and plans to expand. Baidu is moving to Singapore and possibly beyond according to TODAYonline’s article “Baidu Migrates Tech with Joint Research Lab”.
Representatives say Baidu and I2R have a natural chemistry together:
“Baidu is interested in the Southeast Asian market but we don’t have a lot of projects there right now. On the technology front, Singapore has the best innovation, R&D and Technology research in SEA.”
“Baidu is a research company and we have a lot of technologies in natural language processing. Our chief scientist has had a lot of contact with Dr. Li from I2R, and we’ve had a lot of communications in International conferences with the Singaporean group so there is a natural chemistry to working together.”
I2R was founded in 2002. Their research expertise lies within information technology, wireless and optical communication networks, interactive and digital media signal processing and computing in Singapore. They will be providing Baidu with their Vietnamese and Thai Language technology along with Speaker Verification technology.
Baidu was founded in 2000 and is often referred to as the Chinese Google. They provide intelligent, relevant search results to the billions of queries entered into the Chinese search platform daily.
Baidu offers proprietary phones much like Google’s Android, and the I2R technology could be a beneficial application. If the chemistry stays active between these two companies, Baidu might gain quite a bit of territory. It would be interesting to see what might happen if Google and Baidu crossed borders.
Jennifer Shockley, August 22, 2012