Looking to claim a bigger footprint in China’s ballooning mobile Internet user base, Baidu says it will invest roughly 10 billion yuan (US $1.6 billion) in a new hosted cloud data center. The company also released a new mobile browser offering Baidu services and native applications with faster downloads.

Baidu is China’s native version of Google, a search engine that offers services for locating products and services along with news, maps, images and platforms for online communities. Though it was the first in China to offer wireless access protocol and mobile search, smartphone users in the country have reached to other search engines as Internet use has expanded. Baidu has benefited since Google stopped working with Chinese regulators in 2010. 

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