According to the Chinese site TechWeb, the Chinese search company Baidu is developing their own version of Android called "Qiushi", and it will be launched before the end of 2011. Baidu neither confirms or denies these rumors, saying only that Qiushi is simply a way to offer mobile advertising. China is a huge market, one that everyone wants to get a strong foothold in. They also already have two Android variants being sold on mobile devices -- MIUI (yes, the same MIUI that's familiar to many an Android hacker) and DianxinOS. This could be something a bit different, as you have the name (and the capital) of a highly successful tech corporation behind the development and distribution. If the rumors pan out, things could get very interesting in China at the mobile OS front.
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