Baidu to spend $1.9 billion on app distribution company

Baidu, China’s largest search engine and an increasingly strong force in the country’s mobile market, plans to acquire a Chinese app platform company.

Baidu announced its plans on Monday, saying that it will acquire all issued shares in 91 Wireless for $1.9 billion. Baidu will acquire 57.4 percent of 91 Wireless from its parent company, NetDragon Websoft. The remaining shares will be bought from other shareholders who own the company’s issued stock.

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The acquisition, the largest ever for Baidu, is an important one for the company as it attempts to take on Android in China for mobile supremacy. Founded in 2007, 91 Wireless provides an app distribution platform in China. The company’s many marketplaces have delivered over 10 billion apps to Chinese customers, and according to Baidu, is the largest third-party app-distribution provider in China. A… [Read more]

    



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