According to Canalys, the global smart speaker market grew 55% in the second quarter of 2019. However, the firm reported that Google saw a nearly 20% decline in unit shipments during the period, which stands in sharp contrast to Strategy Analytics’ more bullish numbers released roughly two weeks ago.
Baidu overtakes Google in report. Canalys said Baidu had the strongest growth and overtook Google for second place in terms of units shipped during the quarter. This reflects stronger growth in the Chinese market overall, which saw shipments of 2X the U.S. according to the analyst firm.