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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Alibaba Builds Echo for China

Apparently only in Mandarin for now.  Continued competition in this space.

Alibaba Challenges Google, Amazon With New Echo-Like Device
By Lulu Yilun Chen  in Bloomberg

Tencent, Baidu also developing their own home assistants

The Tmall Genie will sell for 499 yuan during its trial period

The competition in digital speaker-assistants is getting more intense, as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. unfurled an Amazon Echo-like device and fellow Chinese internet giants Tencent and Baidu prepare to develop their own.

Alibaba’s “Tmall Genie X1” will go for 499 yuan ($73) to the first 1,000 people during a one-month trial, coming in below Apple’s $349 HomePod and the roughly $180 Echo. Its biggest competitor, Tencent Holdings Ltd., is developing a voice-activated digital speaker that could hit the market within months, Tencent President Martin Lau said in a May interview. And on Wednesday, Baidu Inc. showed off its own “DuerOS” personal assistant..... 

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More including pictures in BBC.  This also includes a video of the related Baidu Duer system called 'Little Fish'.

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