Smart speaker sales expected to soar in 2018

The Verge

From there we'll send you to a page with smart devices, appliances and gadgets that work with an Alexa-enabled smart speaker, or one with Google Assistant baked inside.

Both the Google Assistant and Google Home had a very big year in 2017, with new devices, new languages and new features. What we do know is that Google is likely to have sold somewhere in the region of 7m devices since October in total.

The tech giant now offers three Home devices - the original Home, the Home Max and the Home Mini. This is an intriguing statistic, but it doesn't really mean that people will stop using their smartphones when smart speakers become commonplace in every home. Home Max was launched in mid-December at $399 -- so it's clear that it makes up a small portion f those million of sales. It is now available on 400 million devices, "including speakers like Google Home, Android phones and tablets, iPhones, headphones, TVs, watches and more". The Google Assistant is now for smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above smartphones, iOS devices, and also for Android 7.0 Nougat tablet devices. The US will remain the single most important market for smart speakers in 2018, as shipments are expected to reach 38,4-million units, with China a distant second at 4,4-million units. "Your Assistant now gives you the power to voice control more than 1,500 compatible smart home devices from over 225 brands", the search engine added.

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Despite tasting success in the USA and Western Europe, China will continue to elude the two smart speaker giants, Amazon and Google.

Furthermore, building up the anticipation, Google said that they would be revealing more features and future of Google Assistant in 2018 at the CES 2018.

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