Smart speakers, other AI-enabled devices poised to become the Next Big Thing in China

China, already the world’s biggest smartphone and internet market, appears set to become a major consumer of a range of gadgets enabled with artificial intelligence (AI), including voice-activated smart speakers and robots for the home, according to a new study. Interest in such AI devices was found to be the strongest among consumers in emerging […]


Baidu invests US$158m in Skyworth’s smart TV unit

Baidu, operator of China’s largest online search service, is investing more than 1 billion yuan (US$158 million) in the smart television unit of Chinese consumer electronic major Skyworth Digital Holdings, escalating competition in the growing market for smart home devices in the country. Nasdaq-listed Baidu, through subsidiary Dagze Bairuixiang Venture Investment Management Co, has agreed […]