Alibaba is the latest technology giant to launch smart speakers. The voice-
The control TmallGenie can play music and run the third-
Buy goods from online stores of Chinese retail giants.
Like many such devices, it lacks a monitor.
At the time of release, it will only know Mandarin and sell in the company's domestic market.
It will compete with devices already launched by Baidu and JD in China. com. Tencent -
China's largest technology company by market value
Similar products have been announced.
In the West, Amazon's Echo series of smart speakers compete with Google Home.
Apple and Microsoft have similar products coming soon.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Samsung is preparing its own speaker powered by its new Bixby virtual assistant.
Alibaba's new product comes from the company's e-commerce.
E-commerce platformTmall -
During a demonstration in Beijing, a copy of coca was ordered.
Just drink Coke and buy a phone.
Tmall allows local and international retailers to run their own virtual storefronts on their platforms and says it is the third-largest shopping site in China.
"This is obviously an advantage, such-like Amazon -
"You can use smart speakers to attract consumers to your retail ecosystem," says Eden Zoller of Ovum, a technology consultancy . ".
"But one thing we need to keep in mind is that for this category, it's still too early and there is still a problem with consumers' trust in using digital assistants to buy goods, on a smartphone or smart home speaker device.
"I mean the security of transactions and the privacy issues of how personal data is exploited and shared.
"Alibaba solved these problems by using voiceprint parts --
Try to limit the purchase to technology that recognizes the user.
In addition, it has built-in support for Alipay, the company's popular online payment system, similar to PayPal.
First, however, the company marketed the device as a "limited beta" version, which will help provide feedback before preparing for mass production of the product.
Charge 499 yuan ($73; £57)
For the product, this is one of the cheapest products on the market.