Chinese search giant Baidu has created an entire Nexus S ROM, replacing Google’s suite of services with its own. The ROM has been built to accompany Baidu’s cloud services push, and it allows mobile owners to fully ‘Baiduize’ their Android phone, giving them to access a range of the company’s web services, which include music, maps, apps and photo album. The ROM will be officially announced this week. Currently it only supports the Google Nexus S but it will expand to cover selected Android phones (ICS) in time … UPDATE: Download available now: (link here)
Baidu has promised to update the ROM every two weeks via OTA (over the air). If China Nexus S users want to integrate the whole Baidu-based life into their Android phone, this might be a good product for them. But we do fear this ROM though. Baidu abides by Chinese government regulations, especially in terms of censorship. Their search engine service is heavily censored, and no one really knows what kind of information or personal data it could be collecting after you have changed the ROM. Android’s open-source nature allows different developers to take advantage of the latest software, it also allows for the extreme manufacturer and carrier customization that’s been a thorn in the side of the platform for years.
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