|Alibaba’s reportedly preparing to launch an Amazon Echo clone for Chinese market|
June 30, 2017 12:52 AM
Above: The Alibaba Group office in San Francisco.
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(Reuters) — Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba would launch a product mimicking Amazon.com Inc’s “Echo” next week, according to a source familiar with the matter.
“Amazon Echo”, launched in 2014, is a speaker which one can leave on all day and give voice commands to, similar to Siri on an Apple Inc iPhone.
Alibaba’s new product would be made available only in China and speak only Mandarin, the source told Reuters.
Apple and Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, have unveiled products similar to Echo with the HomePod and Google Home.
The Information, a technology website, was the first to report the news on Thursday.
Alibaba did not immediately respond to a request for comment, outside business hours.
(Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru and Peter Henderson in San Francisco; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)