China Smart Speaker Review for 1H 2020: Alibaba, Xiaomi and Baidu Take 95%
By the end of 2019, smart speakers powered by Chinese vendors Baidu, Alibaba and Xiaomi accounted for approximately 30% of the global market. What is the competitive landscape like in the Chinese market specifically?
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According to the Chinese data service provider All View Cloud (AVC), during the first half-year of 2020, the total smart speaker shipments in the Chinese market reached 19 million with a year-on-year growth rate at 22.70%.
The best seller is TmallGenie designed by Alibaba (BABA:NASDAQ, 09988:HKEX), taking 34.70% of the total shipments. Xiaomi (01810:HKEX) ranks second, followed by Baidu (BIDU:NASDAQ). The top three are running a close race in occupying market shares, as the range is less than 5%. Huawei lags behind in the smart speaker race as it only takes a single-digit percentage.
According to Strategy Analytics, Baidu was the best Chinese performer in terms of smart speaker shipments in 2019, taking 10.60% of the global market. The following were Alibaba with 9.80% and Xiaomi with 8.4%. Alibaba’s comprehensive service coverage of healthcare, entertainment, e-commerce and education contributes to TmallGenie’s ongoing sales boost.