Thursday in CE: Smart Speakers Market to Reach Half of U.S. Homes by 2022
The smart home itself might be struggling to take off, but that doesn’t mean individual segments of that market aren’t experiencing significant success. Voice-enabled smart speakers are definitely one of those sub-markets.
According to a new report by Juniper Research, devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod will be in 55 percent of U.S. homes by 2022. That means that more than 70 million households will have at least one smart speaker. Additionally, the total number of installed smart speakers will be closer to 175 million.
What’s crazy, though, is that the number of smart speakers will still pale in comparison to the usage of smart digital assistants on smartphones across the globe by that same year. According to the report, over 5 billion smartphones will have digital assistants installed by 2022. And when you take into account the smartphone, smart speaker, and other devices with smart digital assistants, the total number of voice assistant devices in the U.S. will total more than 870 million, a 95 percent increase from the 450 million estimated to be in use this year.
As far as parity in the smart speaker market, Amazon still dominates. According to one recent report from Voicebot.ai, the Echo controls more than 82 percent of the market. That’s down from 93 percent last year as Google started to penetrate the market with their Home speaker, and we’re still awaiting the launch of Apple’s HomePod speaker, but it’s still an overwhelming majority.
Flying Cars. Finally.
— Consumer Tech Assocn (@CTATech) November 8, 2017
Well, it’s about damn time.
After years of hearing tech speakers talk about all of these advancements we’ve made in so many different tech markets, the one joke hanging over this industry is that we haven’t been able to achieve the flying car. Of all of the tech predictions made decades ago, this is the most notable “failure.”
However, Uber and Nasa are reportedly working to change that. The ride sharing service and outer space agency have teamed up and stated they are working on a flying car project.
Not only are the two working on a flying car project, but they apparently have a target for test flights. According to Uber, it plans to trial these flying taxis by 2020 in Los Angeles, Dubai, and Dallas-Fort Worth.