The smart speaker is an upgraded product of a speaker. It is a tool for home consumers to use voice to surf the Internet, such as on-demand songs, online shopping, or understanding the weather forecast. It can also control smart home devices, such as opening curtains and setting refrigerators. Temperature, let the water heater heat up in advance, etc.
In 2016, the sales of the smart home market in the United States was 9.7 billion U.S. dollars, while China only had 520 million U.S. dollars. The increase in penetration rate is even more alarming. The value in the United States is 5.8%, while that in China is only 0.1%.
Due to the relationship across the ocean, many people have questioned the "exaggerated" sales data of Amazon Echo. They also asked a domestic smart speaker manufacturer. He replied: "The sales effect of Amazon Echo smart speakers in 2016 It’s really good. Its total domestic production has just exceeded 8 million units. The initial Echo and the simplified Echo Dot are almost half. The first domestic sales volume may only be 1/100 of it."
The representative products of smart speakers, Alexa behind Amazon Echo, and its predecessor Siri, are actually smart voice technology. The core is very brief-to make the machine have the ability similar to human in this part of the voice dialogue. Smart speakers have become a general existence of small household appliances and penetrate into people's daily lives
A domestic smart speaker practitioner said: "The output and sales of domestic smart speakers are still fluctuating between tens of thousands and tens of thousands. The best-selling one is Jingdong’s Dingdong, but the actual number is still far smaller than that of Echo. The largest number is still the inferior smart speaker products produced by many small manufacturers. It is good that 2 of the 10 sentences of that product respond."
In the more than two years since its official release in November 2014, Amazon Echo smart speakers have become one of the hottest smart home products on the market. Through Echo, people can use voice to control home appliances, purchase goods, and inquire about inquiries. According to survey data from the research organization eMarketer, in the United States, about 36 million users will use voice-controlled speakers once a month, and this number is still expanding.
On November 16, 2017, Baidu held a world conference and brought the first smart hardware Raven smart speaker-Raven H.
On March 26, 2018, Baidu released Xiaodu's smart video speakers at home at Baidu Science and Technology Park in Beijing.
On June 11, 2018, Baidu released its first self-branded smart speaker "Xiaodu Smart Speaker" in Beijing.
On June 1, 2019, Baidu's artificial intelligence assistant "Xiaodu Smart Speaker Donkey Kong" landed on Xiaodu Mall, opened the reservation, and went on sale at 0:00 on June 12 at a price of 199 yuan.
On November 25, 2019, Huawei held a full-scene new product launch conference in Shanghai and released the first flagship smart speaker Huawei Sound X. 
On March 24, 2020, Xiaodu launched its first smart screen in 2020. The Xiaodu Home Smart Screen Air aims at the needs of the whole population and all time in all-round home scenarios, forming a product portfolio difference from the previously released Xiaodu Smart Screen X8 , Which greatly reduces the barriers to entry for smart speakers with screens.