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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The Other Assistant, Baidu gets Broad Distribution

Note the 'Show' style device.   Previously took a look at Baidu through reports, was available only in Chinese.

Baidu’s DuerOS AI assistant is now installed on 100 million devices    By Kyle Wiggers in Venturebeat

Amazon’s Alexa. Microsoft’s Cortana. Apple’s Siri. The Google Assistant. They’re among the world’s most popular voice assistants, but a Chinese up-and-comer — Baidu’s DuerOS — is joining the ranks. Baidu yesterday announced that its conversational AI assistant has reached an install base of 100 million devices, up from 50 million just six months ago.

DuerOS, for the uninitiated, is a suite of software developer kits (SDKs), APIs, and turnkey solutions that allow original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to quickly integrate Baidu’s voice platform with smart speakers, refrigerators, washing machines, set-top boxes, and more. To date, its more than 200 partners have launched 110 DuerOS-powered devices.

A few high-profile examples are Xiaoyu Zaijia (“Little Fish” in English), an Amazon Echo Show-like device with a swiveling screen and camera, and Baidu’s Xiaodu Smart Speaker, which launched in June 2018 and sold out within 90 seconds of availability. ....  "

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