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Baidu-branded custom ROM available for Nexus S

For the uninitiated, Baidu is sometimes considered the "Chinese Google", starting with a powerful (and relentlessly censored) search engine and expanding into things like email, maps and even mobile services. Now the company has taken it one step further, releasing a complete ROM for the Nexus S, replacing all of Google's services with their own. It's kind of like some of the Bing-branded Android phones Verizon has released, only creepier.

Dell partners with Chinese search engine Baidu for Streak Pro

Dell's American Android ambitions may have soured after lackluster sales of the Streak 5 and Streak 7 tablets, but it's more than willing to take advantage of the rapidly expanding Chinese market. Since Google's ubiquitous presence isn't nearly as ubiquitous across the Pacific, it's partnering with search engine Baidu to deliver services to their latest creation, the Streak Pro. The phone will use the Baidu Yi platform, a fork of Gingerbread's open-source code that remains compatible with Android apps. Dell has effectively ended its Android products in America after it stopped selling the Streak 7 tablet through T-Mobile earlier this month.

Baidu and Dell building Android-based OS for phones and tablets

While Google is huge in America and many other places around the world, Baidu is the biggest in China and are planning to get their own slice of the Android and mobile market. Google operates a big operation in China but is still behind Baidu in that region. China has a massive mobile market and it's only getting bigger, they are aiming to build their own OS using Android at the center but call it "Yi".