According to investigations conducted by Canalys, intelligent speaker shipments totaled 5.8 million units in China in the third quarter of 2018, with three domestic giants on the podium: Alibaba (the local equivalent of Amazon), Xiaomi (a manufacturer of electronic products) and Baidu (often billed as China's response to Google).
The range of smart speakers in China is Tmall Genie, developed by the Alibaba e-commerce conglomerate, which uses AliGenie, Alibaba's own smart personal assistant, like Alexa from Amazon. Launched in 2017, the Tmall Genie speaker allows users to search the web, play music or control various smart devices at home (lamps, air purifiers, televisions, robot vacuum cleaners, etc.) using simple voice commands. The speaker is available exclusively in China where it sells for CNY499 (RM300). According to the Canalys report, 2.2 million intelligent speakers of Tmall Genie sent during the summer of 2018.
Xiaomi offers a full line of compatible speakers with its intelligent assistant Xiao Ai, which also uses voice commands to control applications on the smartphone of the user and also on smart home appliances. Xiaomi, known for its price crossing products, sent 1.9 million units in the three months of the Q3.
But the good result of the summer is Baidu, which saw quarterly growth of 711%, sending a million units between July and September 2018.
After acquiring Raven Technology and developing its own DuerOS wizard, the Chinese Internet giant launched its first generation of smart speakers in 2017. However, it is the new Xiaodu model, which starts at only the CNY89 (RM54 ) – that helped to seal the success of the firm. – AFP Relaxnews