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Baidu beats Google in global smart speaker market

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Baidu, Inc. is a Chinese multinational technology firm based in Beijing’s Haidian District, which specializes in Internet-related services and products and artificial intelligence. It is one of the world’s biggest AI and internet firms.

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Baidu beats Google

According to a new Canalys study, Chinese search giant Baidu is now the world’s second-largest intelligent speaker seller. The study company claims Google overtook Baidu to capture 17.3 percent of the worldwide market in the second quarter of 2019 with 4.5 million deliveries, representing a staggering 3.700 percent growth year-on-year. With more than 25 percent market share and 6.6 million shipments, Amazon continues the general leader.

Baidu’s AI speakers are running DuerOS on an AI platform. The firm originally targeted the market’s high end with the Raven H speaker (above) designed by Teenage Engineering, but that product seemed to be selling badly. More lately, sales of much cheaper designs have been driven by Baidu, with the fundamental Xiaodu speaker selling as small as 89 yuan(~$12). According to Canalys, Baidu overtook past national leader Alibaba in China in the first quarter of this year.

Of course, it should be noted that Baidu and Google are not direct competitors — Baidu sells its goods solely on its home market, while Google sells its goods almost everywhere, except China. But the explosive development of Baidu over the previous year shows the size and dynamics of the ecosystem of the Chinese AI. Last year CEO Robin Li said in no uncertain terms that the prospect of Google returning to China would not worry Baidu.

Google, however, has the benefit of being able to tackle other nations, and one instance of this is the launch today of the Nest Hub (formerly Google Home Hub) in India, another possibly enormous market. For 9,999 rupees, or about $139, the smart display is now accessible. Gadgets360 claims that as a launch promotion, Google bundles Xiaomi’s Mi Security Camera with the Nest Hub.

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