This week in smart devices

Two recent relevant news in smart devices.
Saint Louis University is placing 2300 Echo dots in student living spaces.
Saint Louis University has announced that it will be placing Amazon Echo Dot devices, powered by Alexa for Business, in every student residence hall room or student apartment on campus. While other colleges, like Arizona State University, have put Echo Dots in student housing before, SLU says this is the first time a college will equip every student living space with an Amazon Alexa-enabled device.
The smart speaker race is heating up
The Statista website published an infographic with an analysis of the second quarter of 2018 smart speaker market.
The smart speaker market continues to grow, with global shipments tripling from 3.9 million units in the second quarter of last year to 11.7 million units in this year’s June quarter. Competitors slowly are eating away at Amazon’s once dominant lead. Google has gained some ground growing its market share from 16.1 percent in the second quarter of 2017 to 27.6 percent in Q2 2018. Chinese’s Alibaba is commanding Asia’s smart speaker market with a global 7 % in shipments.
And Baidu DuerOS is available in 100 million devices.
Will Facebook release another device before the year ends? The race is hot!

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