Chinese search giant Baidu is now the world’s second greatest vendor of a smart audio system, in line with a new report from Canalys. The analysis agency says Baidu overtook Google to seize 17.3% of the worldwide market with 4.5 million shipments within the second quarter of 2019, representing staggering year-on-year progress of 3,700%. Amazon stays the overall leader with greater than 25% share of the market and 6.6 million shipments.
Baidu’s AI audio system run on an AI platform referred to as DuerOS. The corporate initially focused the high finish of the market with the Teenage Engineering-designed Raven H speaker (above), however that product apparently sold poorly. Extra not too long ago, Baidu has pushed gross sales of a lot less expensive models, with the essential Xiaodu speaker promoting for as low as 89 yuan (~$12). Baidu overtook earlier domestic leader Alibaba within the first quarter of this year in China, according to Canalys.
It’s value noting, in fact, that Baidu and Google aren’t direct opponents — Baidu sells its merchandise solely in its house market, whereas Google sells its merchandise virtually in every single place but China. However, Baidu’s explosive progress over the past year demonstrates the dimensions and dynamics of the Chinese AI ecosystem. Last year CEO Robin Li stated in no uncertain terms that Baidu wouldn’t be anxious by the prospect of Google re-coming into China.
Google has the benefit of having the ability to tackle different nations, nevertheless, and an instance of that’s at this time’s launch of the Nest Hub (beforehand Google Home Hub) in India, another doubtlessly big market. The sensible show is promoting for 9,999 rupees, or about $139. Gadgets360 reports that Google is bundling Xiaomi’s Mi Security Camera with the Nest Hub as a launch promotion.