Baidu last week announced a new milestone, as the install base of DuerOS, the company’s conversational AI assistant, reached 100 million devices, doubling over the past six months. Baidu says this milestone further cements DuerOS’s leading position as a major conversational AI platform in China.
“DuerOS leverages Baidu’s leading AI technologies and a vast content ecosystem to provide unmatched user experience in conversational AI. We are seeing voice input gaining huge adoption in China. By leveraging Baidu’s AI technology, which has the largest indexing of Chinese webpages and a better multi-modal semantic understanding of the Chinese language, DuerOS is uniquely positioned for the shift to conversational AI in China,” said Kun Jing, General Manager of Baidu’s Smart Living Group.
The DuerOS platform has attracted over 200 partners, is powering over 110 models of smart devices and has a community of over 16,000 skills developers. DuerOS has formed partnerships with smartphone brands, including Huawei, Vivo and OPPO, which have integrated DuerOS conversational AI capabilities into several of their flagship phone models.
DuerOS is partnering with InterContinental Hotels Group to bring smart rooms to China, enabling hotel customers to control their rooms and receive hotel information via voice commands. DuerOS has also formed partnerships with auto OEMs, such as BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor, Hyundai, Kia, Chery, BAIC Group, FAW Group and BYTON, to allow users to navigate internet services, such as ordering movie tickets and booking hotels, using AI input modalities, such as voice, image and facial recognition.
According to the Smartphones: Global Artificial Intelligence Technologies Forecast: 2010 to 2023 report published in July 2018, Strategy Analytics, a leading market research and consulting firm, described DuerOS as “the fastest rising assistant from China” and suggested that it may become the second largest smartphone virtual assistant in the world behind Google Assistant in the next few years.