Baidu and Huawei announced strategic cooperation in artificial intelligence on December 21. Baidu voice, visual recognition and other artificial intelligence technologies will be used in Huawei phones. In addition, Baidu’s content ecology will also conduct in-depth cooperation with Huawei mobile phones.
Both sides will conduct comprehensive and in-depth cooperation in Internet service, content ecology, AI platform and technology. They will work together to promote the application of artificial intelligence, upgrade the terminal industry and bring smart life experience to consumers.
“The cooperation between Baidu and Huawei is not surprising because we have a lot in common. We are strong in technology and rely on our own research and development,” said Robin Li, Baidu founder, chairman and CEO, “The age of the Internet is transitioning into the era of artificial intelligence. Baidu has developed artificial intelligence for some time, and Huawei has huge user community. Cooperation between Baidu and Huawei can bring a lot that couldn’t be possible in the past. Baidu plus Huawei is like a hundred flowers in bloom. Today we plant this seed and believe that it will soon sprout and blossom.”
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, said, “In the future, smart equipment will offer to provide service for people. Huawei will rely on strong research and development advantages, together with the Baidu, to promote industrial innovation and the maturity and popularity of the next generation of smart phones.”
After a decade of rapid development, the mobile phone industry has reached a critical point of change. The next generation of intelligent mobile phones is being born. What will drive the mobile phone industry to upgrade is voice, machine vision, VR/AR and other natural interactions and artificial intelligence. Mobile phones will also change from passive personal tools to AI assistants that provide active services for consumer.
The specific contents of the cooperation are as follows:
On AI platform and technical cooperation, based on Huawei HiAI and Baidu Paddle, the two sides will fully use Huawei’s NPU (Neural Network Processing Unit) advantage and jointly build an open ecology with Baidu Brain and the Huawei AI open platform as its center.
On all kinds of intelligent terminals, the two sides will carry out in-depth cooperation in voice and imaging to “awaken everything and communicate freely.” On innovation in the AR scene, the two sides will build an ecology of “technological innovation and hardware landing.” In terms of Internet services and content ecological cooperation, the two sides will strengthen cooperation in the fields of search and information flow.