Rumor: Apple looking to add Baidu as search engine option in China

Apple is always seeking ways to expand into larger mobile markets. What better place to do that than the largest market in the world, China. Bloomberg has reported that the secretive iPhone maker is looking to add search engine Baidu to the iPhone. This information comes from “two people with knowledge of the matter”. The idea is that Apple will announce it at the WorldWide Developers Conference next Monday. There has been lots of speculation as to what will be previewed so this is definitely a possibility.

The following report came from Bloombergs site:

“A deal with Baidu, which handles about 80 percent of China’s Internet search queries, fits with a plan by Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook to gain a bigger toehold in the largest mobile-phone market. It also gives users an alternative to Google Inc., which competes with Apple in the market for mobile software and advertising.”

This is interesting because there is a rumor going around that Google will no longer be providing the maps services in the next iteration of iOS. It makes me wonder if Apple is planning on ditching the beloved search giant altogether. One thing is for certain, you are not going to want to miss WWDC next Monday.

What do you guys think about this? Any comments? Leave em down below if you do.

Via: Bloomberg

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