Baidu Browser and Chrome's Similarities More Than Skin Deep
This morning, we've stumbled upon an interesting piece of news from Engadget (via the Wall Street Journal). It seems that Chinese search giant Baidu, which currently handles approximately 75% of China's searching needs, has developed themselves a new browser.
If you think it looks a little bit (or a lot) like Google's own Chrome, you may be right. And outward looks is not all that is similar. The Baidu browser also claims to have a vast library of webapps (just like Chrome) that is ready for use. Some of the more prominent webapps include one of China's biggest video sites, Youku.com.
You can be sure that this web browser will be tweaked to suit Chinese web browsing tastes. But for a country that refuses to let Internet Explorer 6 rest in peace, adoption of new browsers has been slow. For Baidu to introduce a web browser now to capture additional ad revenue, one can only speculate how it will turn out for them.