With the advancement of the times, intelligent technology has been applied to people’s daily home appliances. Traditional speakers obviously cannot meet the needs of users. The advent of smart speakers has solved this problem very well.

Today, as the “entrance” of the smart home ecosystem, smart speakers have become a battlefield for Internet giants to compete with each other. Today, OFweek smart home network will take stock of the top ten smart speakers in 2019.

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1. Alibaba: Tmall Elf CCH

According to IDC China’s smart speaker market sales data in 2019, the cumulative sales of China’s smart speaker market from January to November 2019 was 36.29 million units, of which Ali ranked first with 12.58 million units, winning the sales champion for three consecutive quarters.

On April 18, 2019, at the Tmall Elf spring conference, Alibaba officially released its first screen speaker Tmall Elf CC. On November 15 of the same year, a new addition to the Tmall Elf series – Tmall Elf CCH.

Tmall Genie CCH completely abandoned the traditional design and made a bold subversion in appearance. Its biggest highlight is the use of a 7-inch IPS Display, which means rich playability. A video call can be made directly between the mobile terminal of the bound device and the Tmall Genie CCH. At this time, the mobile terminal can directly answer the call, or you can choose to send a short message to indicate that you are busy, and the short message will appear directly on the Tmall Genie CCH. on the screen.

Thanks to Alibaba’s strong appeal, Tmall Genie CCH has opened up the cooperation of content sources on various platforms, including Youku, Tencent Video, Bilibili, Mango TV and so on. It is said that new content sources will be continuously introduced in the future, and the richness of content can be said to be the industry leader.

In recent years, IoT and smart homes have continuously entered people’s lives, and Tmall Genie has also become one of the products with the largest coverage of smart homes. At present, Tmall Genie has cooperated with 900+ brands and can connect up to more than 235 million devices. If there is corresponding smart home support at home, you can use Tmall Genie voice control.

2. Baidu: Xiaodu Home Smart Screen X8

At the Baidu Developers Conference held in July 2019, Baidu officially announced the direct upgrade of Xiaodu Assistant from 3.0 to version 5.0, which is regarded as an all-round upgrade of Xiaodu Assistant. Among them, the technical capabilities represented by full-duplex wake-up-free, allow users to have a free interactive experience; and the addition of family information flow makes personalized recommendation the ability of Xiaodu assistant.

And the increasingly intelligent Xiaodu assistant, in the past two years, its voice interaction ability has been carried by more and more devices. According to data disclosed by Baidu, the number of smart devices equipped with Xiaodu Assistant has grown from 50 million to 400 million, an increase of nearly 8 times in two years.

On December 12, 2019, Jing Kun, vice president of Baidu and general manager of Baidu’s smart life business group, officially released the Xiaodu home smart screen X8. Xiaodu Home Smart Screen X8 adopts Baidu’s artificial intelligence operating system Xiaodu Assistant, allowing users to realize audio-visual entertainment, information query, life services, travel conditions and other functions through the interaction of natural language dialogue.

Previously, Huawei redefined the “smart screen” of large-screen products, while Baidu’s smart screen and smart screen are completely different in concept. The existing “smart screen” products on the market have a screen first, and then build on the screen. Intelligent application, and Baidu’s intelligent screen is to first have a set of intelligent experience and then use the screen as an auxiliary tool to bring a new experience interaction to users.

3. Google: Nest Mini

Among Internet giants, Google was the first to enter the smart home field. In January 2014, Nest was acquired for US$3.2 billion. This huge acquisition not only represented Google’s smart home dream, but also made various technology companies start to get involved in the smart home field, setting off an upsurge. At the same time, around the smart home direction of innovative companies also rose during this period.

October 16, 2019 News, yesterday evening, Google’s new autumn product release officially kicked off in New York, USA. At the press conference, Google brought us a new generation of Google Nest Mini smart speaker products, priced at $49, available in carbon black , light gray, coral, sky blue four colors.

It is understood that in addition to the slight difference in product appearance, Google Nest Mini smart speaker is committed to bringing users a new upgrade in functional experience. Its low audio intensity is twice that of Home Mini, and on the basis of bass enhancement, Google Nest Mini smart speaker The Mini smart speaker also tries to surprise users with its voice experience.

Compared with the previous generation, the Google Nest Mini smart speaker also adds an extra microphone, which can recognize the user’s voice commands even in noisy environments. In addition, the Google Nest Mini smart speaker will automatically adjust the volume of the Google Assistant based on detected background noise, which also fully ensures that users can hear news and podcasts clearly in complex home environments.

It is understood that Google is already developing Google Home smart audio hardware equipped with a touch screen. Rishi Chandra, senior vice president of Google, revealed Google’s smart home plan in an interview recently, basically confirming the existence of a Google Home equipped with a touch screen and will Launched in 2020.

4. Harman Kardon: Musical Amber Portable Edition

Nowadays, the rapid progress of technology provides multiple solutions for the upgrade of speakers, which enables us to enjoy more enjoyable entertainment services from speakers. As an American speaker brand that has attracted much attention from music enthusiasts, Harman Kardon’s speakers are highly playable.

Since the Harman Kardon ALLURE artificial intelligence speaker with built-in Tencent Cloud Xiaowei released in 2018, in May 2019, the more compact and lightweight Harman Kardon ALLURE PORTABLE music amber portable artificial intelligence speaker was also officially launched.

As a sound maker in the home environment, the sound of the Harman Kardon Music Amber Portable Edition is absolutely nothing to worry about. The clear sound can provide a good relaxing atmosphere and allow users to fully immerse themselves in the music. As a portable AI smart speaker product, Music Amber Portable Edition cooperates with Tencent Weiyun. It has a built-in Tencent Cloud Xiaowei voice assistant and combines a variety of ecological software from Tencent and a variety of IoT smart home products, making the speaker itself a The control center of AI voice.

5. Huawei: Sound X

The development direction of smart speakers has gradually shifted from the pursuit of intelligence at the beginning to the pursuit of high quality. Among them, the Huawei Sound X released by Huawei is positioned as a high-end speaker product, which has made new breakthroughs in terms of appearance, sound quality, and volume.

On November 25, 2019, Huawei’s new product launch conference was held at the Shanghai U+ Fashion Art Center, and Huawei’s Sound X was officially unveiled. As the world’s first shocking dual-bass HiFi smart speaker, Huawei Sound X truly achieves the characteristics of large dynamic, high-density, and deep-dive listening in terms of listening, mainly thanks to the black technology blessing of its partners.

The partner of Huawei Sound X, the global TOP3 professional audio brand Devialet, enjoys a high status in the hearts of high-end HiFi players around the world. It plays an important role in the development of professional acoustic technology, and Huawei Sound X is the in-depth technology for both parties. The result of cooperation at the level.

6. Jingdong Internet of Things: Jingyuzu AI Speaker C1

With the advent of the 5G era, the wonderful scene of the Internet of Everything is just around the corner. As an innovative business unit under JD.com that focuses on IoT technology and solutions, JD.com relies on JD.com’s complete big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other technical capabilities to expand retail, logistics, finance, services and many other fields. Home, portable devices, vehicles, hotels, companion tools and other rich and diverse scenarios, providing fully connected, live data, truly intelligent IoT products and solutions.

On July 4, 2019, JD IoT announced the launch of a new generation of voice smart products – Jingyuzu AI Speaker C1, which is the first smart speaker product launched since the full integration and upgrade of JD’s IoT business in December last year. In addition to mature audio and intelligent interactive design, the fully open Xiaojingyu platform also brings it rich resources, massive content and services, and constantly upgraded home control features, making C1 an important connection node in the era of the Internet of Everything .

C1, as a new generation of smart speaker products unveiled under JD.com’s new IoT strategy, the Jingyu AI speaker is playing the role of the entrance to the Internet of Things in multiple scenarios, providing full value chain support for many content and service partners, cultivating the ecological development of the Internet of Things, and at the same time Provide consumers with a rich and convenient smart life application experience.

7. Apple: HomePod

With the intensification of 5G, the smart speaker project, which has always been used as the entrance to the smart home, is attracting the attention of many technology giants, and Apple is inevitable among them.

In January 2019, Apple officially released the National Bank version of HomePod in China. As the first smart speaker launched by Apple, it has received a lot of attention.

HomePod is a smart speaker with excellent sound quality, which can automatically adjust the sound according to the environment in which it is located, and can also create a full-surround spatial experience. Thanks to its excellent sound quality and compact shape, Apple HomePod has been loved by many consumers after it went on sale.

8. Xiaomi: Xiaoai Touch Screen Speaker Pro 8

The road to Xiaomi’s smart home can be traced back to 2013, when Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi smart home control center business. You can install APK control software on Xiaomi mobile phones, and realize remote control in combination with smart home hardware devices at home. In 2016, Xiaomi launched a brand new Mijia brand, focusing on the three core products of Xiaomi mobile phone, Xiaomi TV, and Xiaomi router. Various smart devices.

In December 2019, Xiaomi launched a new smart home product, the Xiaoai Touch Screen Speaker Pro 8. This product uses an 8-inch full-fit IPS large-size screen, which can bring about a large viewing angle of about 178 degrees. And can reduce the reflection of the screen surface.

The Xiao AI touch screen speaker Pro 8 with a touch screen adopts a new interactive interface, which can switch between voice and touch at any time. Xiaoai Touch Screen Speaker Pro 8 is positioned as a flagship smart speaker. It uses a 4-core 1.5Ghz processor, an 8-inch full-fit IPS screen and a 3-unit speaker. It is not only a smart speaker, but can also become a home AIoT device and The voice control center of the scene.

At present, the XiaoAI touch screen speaker Pro 8 supports video calls with Xiaomi products such as Xiaomi mobile phones, Xiaomi TVs, and MiTu children’s watches. Controlling Xiao Ai in one sentence allows the elderly and children at home to use the video call function.

9. Himalaya: Xiaoya Nano colorful version

In this era when content is king, Himalaya has successfully entered the smart speaker industry with its massive audio content resources, and has made Himalaya Xiaoya smart speakers the product that everyone uses the longest every day on the market.

On March 18 this year, the member smart speaker Xiaoya Nano colorful version launched by Himalaya. The 200,000 units of the Xiaoya Nano colorful version were sold out in 8 hours, continuing the sales boom when the Xiaoya Nano was just released in December last year.

Xiaoya Nano is an AI speaker that can listen to the premium content of Himalaya members for free. When optimizing the user experience of Xiaoya Nano this time, Himalaya is equipped with a full version of Xiaoya OS, the most eye-catching of which is the voice interaction system. It is reported that the system is equipped with a complete content business ecological intelligent voice OS, which has learned hundreds of millions of voice contents accumulated by Himalaya in the past six years, and can make personalized recommendations for audio contents. The far-field recognition rate is as high as 97%, and the comprehension accuracy rate of on-demand content is as high as 90% or more.

10. Amazon: Echo

Founded in 1995, Amazon is the largest online e-commerce company in the United States. Later, by accident, Amazon successfully occupied a place in the smart home field with a smart speaker.

In November 2014, Amazon launched an Echo smart speaker with voice recognition. This product implants intelligent voice interaction technology into traditional speakers, thus giving the speaker the attributes of artificial intelligence.

However, the industry was not optimistic at the time, including Amazon itself, which did not have much hope for this smart speaker. The original intention at that time was to hope that users could use the Echo to shop on their own e-commerce platforms faster and more conveniently. Alexa voice recognition adopts an open strategy, which makes the Echo smart speaker equipped with Alexa voice assistant popular, with shipments exceeding 10 million, occupying most of the American households, and successfully entering the smart home entrance.

According to Strategy Analytics, Amazon shipped 10.5 million Echo smart speakers in Q3 2019, the company’s second-highest single-quarter shipment ever, extending its lead again. Amazon’s outstanding performance has once again proved itself to be the world’s leading force in the smart speaker market.

write at the end

With the advancement of technology, the functions of smart speakers are also constantly upgraded and provide more infotainment services, becoming an indispensable part of the daily life of many families. With the help of smart speakers, the interconnection between smart home products will become more timely, secure and controllable.

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