At the AIoT-Partnership Conference held on July 20, Alibaba announced that it has set up an Intelligence Connectivity strategy to explore more consumer-oriented artificial intelligence forms.
Alibaba announced a strategic reorganization of its IoT business, upgrading Tmall Genie to an independent business unit.
Starbucks took another step toward evolving the digital customer experience for customers in China by cooperating with Alibaba and launching a smart speaker capable of ordering coffee delivery by voice.
On Sept. 20, Alibaba announced during the Computing Conference in Hangzhou a series of smart mobility initiatives in collaboration with automakers and technology service providers, namely Bosch, Volvo Cars and Ford.
Smart speakers, voice interaction and interconnection functions in smart home appliances were the critical developments in the Chinese smart devices market in the first quarter of 2018.