Baidu has partnered with Lenovo to showcase its generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology on Lenovo smartphones.
Marking the company’s latest collaboration with a phone manufacturer as it seeks practical applications for its AI model.
Brand of phones
A spokesperson for Beijing-based Baidu told Reuters this week that the partnership involves Lenovo using its Ernie large language model (LLM), which is similar to collaborations announced last month with Samsung and Honour.
Lenovo sells its own brand of phones and also owns Motorola. Lenovo’s personal computers and tablets already have Ernie embedded in their browsers and app store apps.
Selling smartphones with generative AI features for services such as chatbots and real-time translation has become a new global trend since the technology gained popularity in late 2022 with the release of ChatGPT.
Google is seen as a leader in AI smartphones with its Pixel phones and robust cloud-based AI, while Apple is said to be working on bringing generative AI models to the iPhone.
Canalys expects 5% of smartphones shipped globally in 2024, or 60 million devices, to be AI-capable.
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