Baidu and Huawei sign strategic agreement in mobile and AI

Natalie Bannerman
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Strategic agreement will see the two work together in areas including AI, internet services and content ecosystems

Baidu and Huawei have entered into a strategic agreement that sees the two working together in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) platforms and technology, internet services and content ecosystems.

The two companies say that they hope to create an open mobile and AI ecosystem, as well as new AI applications that “knows you better”.

Commenting on the news, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, said: “The future is all about smart devices that will actively serve us, not just respond to what we tell them to do. With a strong background in R&D, Huawei will work with Baidu to accelerate innovation in the industry, develop the next generation of smartphones, and provide global consumers with AI that knows you better.”

Baidu and Huawei will build the open ecosystem using Huawei’s HiAI platform and Baidu Brain, a combination of the company's AI assets and services. It will also leverage Huawei’s Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) and Baidu’s PaddlePaddle deep learning framework to arming AI developers and consumers with a broad range of AI offerings and new smart service experiences.

In addition, the two will work together on voice and image recognition for smart devices as well as jointly build an augmented reality (AR) ecosystem, combining hardware and software to create a more immersive experience for its consumers.

As for internet services and content ecosystems, the two will collaborate on search and feed to give consumers quality content with a more intuitive and convenient service experience.

“It should come as no surprise that Baidu and Huawei are working together, because we have many similarities - technology is embedded in our DNA and we have developed our own technologies in order to grow. The Internet era is evolving into the era of AI. Baidu has been dedicated to the field of AI for a long time. Huawei has a large user base. Together, Baidu and Huawei can do many things which we were not able to do in the past. The Chinese saying ‘let a hundred flowers bloom’ is a good way to describe our cooperation – today we planted the seeds, and I believe soon they will grow into many flowers,” added Robin Li, chairman and CEO of Baidu.

At this critical inflection point in the mobile industry, Huawei and Baidu say that they will continue to prioritize consumer needs and leverage each other's strengths to form a partnership that benefits everyone. Through It they say “it will help lay the foundation for a sustainable mobile and AI ecosystem, so that future technology can better understand users, better serve people, and promote better economic and social outcomes around the world”.