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Why smart speakers have not taken off in China in a big way

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The Amazon Echo on display at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Counterpoint Research estimates two million smart-speaker units will be shipped in China this year.

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WHEN it comes to Web businesses, China has created its own versions of a search engine (Baidu), e-commerce platform (Alibaba) and video-streaming service (iQiyi) with resounding success. Yet there's a conspicuous absence of smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home.

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