Baidu Nuomi is a local services platform that offers multiple services and products to its users, including entertainment (such as film, transportation ticketing and tourism), dining, hotel reservations, health and beauty services. Baidu Nuomi users can access the services through Nuomi.com, Baidu Nuomi’s mobile application and additional channels such as Baidu Mobile Search and Baidu Maps. In August 2013, Baidu acquired a 59% equity interest in Nuomi and acquired its remaining shares in January 2014.
Baidu Takeout Delivery is an online platform on which users can place food delivery orders with restaurants. Leveraging our map, data, and software capabilities and supported by logistics delivery system, Baidu Takeout Delivery offers users food deliveries from a wide range of quality restaurants within a short delivery time. In addition to restaurants, we have also expanded our takeout delivery service to grocery stores, convenience stores, and flower shops, among others.
Baidu Maps provides users with location-based information and services, and sorts them by locations, routes, and local merchants on their PCs and mobile devices in both offline and online modes. Baidu Maps for mobile devices (Baidu Mobile Maps) increasingly serves as a gateway for users to conduct location-based searches. In addition to Mainland China, Baidu Maps currently also covers over 50 countries and regions, providing both offline and online modes of service there. It has an open platform that integrates location-based services from third-party partners.
Baidu Wallet provides online and mobile payment services and enables our users to complete closed loop transactions in a seamless manner. Through integration with Baidu products and other third-party products, Baidu Wallet fulfills payment needs in a wide array of scenarios, including purchases of movie tickets, services provided by Baidu Nuomi, takeout delivery and daily commutes via Uber.
Baidu Connect was launched in September 2014. It builds upon Light Apps and is a powerful tool for merchants to bring in a large scale of leads from search and maps, built with functionality that enables high user conversion and offers merchants a powerful CRM system. Baidu Connect provides easy to set up templates to merchants tailored to specific industries. The Baidu Connect account helps merchants reach new customers and maintain engagement with existing ones.
Baidu Cloud, our personal cloud computing service, allows users to upload documents, images, audios and videos to its cloud servers, storing the uploaded data with security control and providing real-time back-ups, and making the data accessible across different terminals including tablets, smartphones and desktops. Users can also share their data with other users through Baidu Cloud.