Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Amazon, Google lead global smart speaker market, Apple fourth

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Market leader Amazon is estimated to have shipped an impressive 4 million smart speakers during the quarter though its global market share has almost halved from the same period a year ago. That's way behind the 4 million Amazon's Echo sales and the 2.4 million orders for Google Home. Meanwhile, Alphabet's (GOOG) Google market share stood at 26.5%, up from 12.4%, while Alibaba (BABA), the Chinese e-commerce leader gained market share of 7.6% in its first year with a device on the market.

Globally, 9.2 million smart speakers were shipped in the first quarter of 2018, with Google, Alibaba, Apple and Xiaomi trailing Amazon in the rankings.

Competition heats up in the smart speaker market. Apple now holds 6 percent of the market share, falling behind Alibaba by a small margin. Chinese firms Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Xiaomi Inc. sold 700,000 and 200,000 units, respectively.

"This is partly as a result of strong growth in the Chinese market for smart speakers where both Amazon and Google are now absent", Watkins said.

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According to the reports, the global smart speaker market had a remarkable growth of 806% compared to the same quarter past year, with an overall shipment of 9.2 million units. Amazon was still the top contender, with shipments rising to 4 million from 2 million, but its market share nearly halved as competition in the sector heated up with the entrance of Alibaba, Apple and Xiaomi. Now, a new report claims that Google is slowly catching up to Alexa while Apple lands far behind the rest of the pack...

"We are clearly heading towards to a time in the not too distant future when voice becomes a standard mode of technology interaction alongside established approaches like keyboard, mouse and touchscreen", Strategy Analytics vice president David Mercer said in a statement.

Apple's HomePod didn't go on sale until well into Q1, meaning sales don't represent a full quarter, but sales are likely not as high as the company would like.

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