According to a TechCrunch report, Baidu’s voice assistant software, DuerOS, is now installed on 200 million devices.
Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU) announced this on its Weibo account on Friday. The numbers are valid as of December 31, “the last day of last year.”
Like their American counterparts, China’s technology companies are making their own intelligent voice assistants. Baidu is not alone; Alibaba, Tencent (OTCMKTS: TCEHY), Xiaomi, and Huawei have all released their own voice assistants.
DuerOS functions much like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa, allowing users to verbally command their smartphones, smart speakers, and other smart home devices.
You can ask DuerOS to play music, wake you up, tell you the time, make jokes, and inform you about road conditions or the weather.
DuerOS works on devices made by Baidu and its partners, such as some Vivo and HTC smartphones and a smart refrigerator made by Haier.
DuerOS also powers Baidu’s smart speakers. According to the research firm Canalys, Baidu ranked third in smart speaker sales within China in the third quarter of 2018, behind Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) and Xiaomi.
DuerOS has spread rapidly in recent months. In August, Baidu said 100 million devices were powered by DuerOS; by November this had risen to 150 million.