Smart speakers taking over?

Nearly half of US homes could have a smart speaker this year

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Smart speaker sales take off globally, but consumer appetite for novel uses is fickle

While the quarter-by-quarter battle for smart speaker market share gets all the attention, the longer-term struggle to change consumer behavior has just begun.

There is little question that smart speakers are rapidly growing in popularity, or that it's a global phenomenon. The latest numbers from several market research firms show growth is accelerating. Canalys estimates in the second quarter of 2018, the worldwide market grew 187 percent over the same period a year earlier, with shipments in the most recent quarter alone hitting 16.8 million units.

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Smart speakers - everything you need to know

When Amazon unveiled its Echo speaker with Alexa voice-control in 2016, we took one step closer to realising our sci-fi dreams of controlling the tech in our lives with simple voice commands.

Fast-forward to 2018 and smart speakers are pretty much a household staple. In the last two years, Amazon has brought out more versions of its Echoes, Google has released smart speakers with its own voice assistant built in, Apple's much-vaunted Siri-controlled HomePod finally hit the shops (but wasn't selling too well and has been updated already) and Sonos is making a sizable dent with its One speaker and newly launched Beam soundbar.

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Nearly half of all US homes could have a smart speaker this year, Adobe says

It's no secret that smart speakers are the hottest new category of gadgets, and Adobe says they're on track to continue seeing rapid growth. In a poll of US consumers, Adobe Analytics found that nearly half could own one by the end of the year if current buying plans actually pan out.

The poll found that 32 percent of consumers currently report owning a smart speaker. That's up from 28 percent in December - a jump that Adobe sees as remarkable since most smart speakers are sold around the holidays.

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