One in every 5 Wi-Fi households in the US owned at least a single Smart Speaker as of February, reveals comScore in a new examination of the devices, meaning that Smart Speaker penetration doubled in just 6 months.
30% of US internet users have used a voice assistant to look for product information or purchase products—in other words, shop or buy. Google Assistant (13.9%) and Siri (13.1%) had the highest usage for these activities.
30% of Smart Speaker owners have purchased an item online using their device, and about 1 in 8 (13%) have ordered food or services.
This year, 40.7 million people of any age in the US will use an Amazon Echo at least once a month, equating to two-thirds of smart speaker users.
One in six Americans now own a smart speaker, according to new research out this week from NPR and Edison Research – a figure that’s up 128 percent from January, 2017. Amazon’s Echo speakers are still in the lead, the report says, as 11 percent now own an Amazon Alexa device compared with 4 percent who own a Google Home product.
Loup Ventures put Apple’s HomePod through the smart speaker gauntlet which included 782 queries and compared the HomePod’s accuracy to Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Microsoft’s Cortana.
After a surge this past holiday season – when 4% of U.S. adults reported they acquired their first smart speaker device — ownership is up 128% since January 2017, to now one in six Americans (16%) having a smart speaker.
This infographic by Raconteur illustrates the competition over voice activation technology between Google and Amazon via their smart speaker products.
Roughly one-third of US households own a Smart Speaker. And it seems that the longer they own them, the more likely they are to use them for tasks previously accomplished through typing or swiping.
NPR commissioned research to find out why people want smart speakers. Music was unsurprisingly at the top of the reasons why they use these devices.