Feng said that 80% of the Android smartphones that will be sold in China will have Baidu as its default search engine, according to a report from TechWeb. This will further boost Baidu’s uncontested dominance in the country, holding about 75% of the search market. The details given regarding the initiative were sparse and the timeline of implementation wasn’t revealed.
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Baidu CEO Robin Li already announced last year that the company is under negotiations with a number of Android handset makers to pre-install the Baidu search box application to Android smartphones distributed in China. Li has a vision of brining the Baidu search box on every Chinese’ phone screen.
This will undoubtedly aggravate Google’s position in the country, which has been on a downward slump this year. Last year, Google fell to 19.6% in the fourth quarter from 21.6% in the previous.
Despite losing the search game in China, Google is winning when it comes to its open-source mobile operating system, but this openness is also the exact same reason why Baidu is able to load its search application to the OS. By December 2010, around 50% of smartphones in China were running on Android, up from zero in 2009.