BEIJING, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese tech giant Baidu on Wednesday launched its virtual mobile phone service Cloud Phone, which allows users to remotely control virtual devices in real time and run Android apps on the cloud.
Since the apps run on the cloud, users are free from the performance limitations of their hardware devices and can smoothly run large-scale games and apps, without the need to install high-end processors.
The Cloud Phone covers the four major application scenarios of cloud games, cloud apps, cloud virtual reality (VR) and cloud office.
In the most important scenario, that is cloud games, the Cloud Phone will provide a secure, reliable and efficient technological foundation for artificial intelligence + Internet of Things (AIoT) devices with limited computing capabilities, said Ma Jie, vice president of Baidu.
When the games industry is thriving, the release of Cloud Phone will bring new business opportunities to Baidu, according to industry insiders.
The revenue of the global cloud games industry may reach 356 million U.S. dollars this year, and the market size of cloud games is expected to hit 3.2 billion U.S. dollars by the end of 2023, according to Newzoo, a leading games and esports research institute in the world.
Baidu said it would work with partners to build cloud games ecosystem. The company has joined hands with MiguPlay, a games firm under the Chinese telecom operator China Mobile, to build a cloud game platform in China. (Edited by Su Dan with Xinhua Silk Road, email@example.com)