Baidu, China's most popular search engine, may be wriggling its way onto the iPhone soon, which corroborates with whispers we had heard late last month.

At first glance, it might seem like this is yet another move on Apple's part to squeeze Google off of iOS, Baidu has such a lead on Google in China that it makes good sense to include it as an option, if not as the default search provider. Baidu's involvement in mobile isn't limited to being a search option in iOS, however; these guys have launched their own smartphone running a forked version of Android. Historically, Google has had a rough go in China due to various censorship laws, and nearly resulted in Google going dark in the area.

It's too bad for Google that Chinese users will likely flood to switch their iOS devices to Baidu as soon as it becomes available, but in the end, Apple is putting the customer first, and the vast majority of them are going to appreciate the inclusion of the search engine they're used to and happy with.

Baidu's current iOS app includes search options for music, movies, places, web, help, and lots of other categories, but odds are if there will be any iOS integration, we'll hear about it at WWDC next week.

Source: Bloomberg