Meanwhile, Canalys also predicts a shift in the strategic monetization of smart speakers in 2018. Google now has three Home products- Google Home, Google Home Mini, and the Google Home Max. Plus, according to the research firm, smart speakers are now the fastest-growing consumer technology.
This year, smart speaker shipments in the United States are expected to reach 38.4 million units.
We'd like to compare this to the sales numbers for Amazons Echo unit but Amazon is notorious for not providing sales information. High broadband penetration, a keen proclivity to adopt new technologies and the lowering price barriers of smart speakers has accelerated adoption in the USA market.
Smart speakers are now the kings of consumer technology, according to a new report from Canalys. "Vendors have begun offering successful upgrades to their latest models, and a key element driving this stickiness are the smart home partnerships".
A year ago in November, Google rolled out an update, which allows the users to use Home speakers as intercom systems in the house.
But aside from shedding more light on the staggering growth of the smart speaker market, the survey also highlights another interesting trend - owners of smart home speakers, such as the Google Home and Amazon Echo, tend to use their smartphones less, while at home least. The restrictions on their services will catalyze a healthy local market where vendors, such as Alibaba, JD.com and Xiaomi, have already launched smart speakers to test the waters. Here are some of the voice controlled assistants you will see in 2018.