Amazon and Google accounted for 70 percent share of the global smart speaker shipments in the first quarter of 2018, with Apple selling 600,000 HomePods in the period, a new report said on Friday. Also Read - iPhone 13 new leak shows it will be thicker than iPhone 12, larger camera bump
According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, global smart speaker shipments reached 9.2 million units in the first quarter. Also Read - Next-gen MacBook Air renders revealed, gets iMac-inspired design and colours
With 43.6 percent market share, Amazon shipped an impressive four million smart speakers during the quarter through its global market share nearly halved from the same period in 2017. Also Read - Here's how US based Google Pay users can send money to India
Google (26.5 percent market share with 2.4 million sales) and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (7.6 percent market share) consolidated their number two and three rankings, while Apple with six percent share became the fourth largest smart speaker brand worldwide.
“Amazon and Google accounted for a dominant 70 percent share of global smart speaker shipments in Q1 2018 although their combined share has fallen from 84 percent in Q4 2017 and 94 percent in the year-ago quarter,” said David Watkins, Director at Strategy Analytics.
This is partly as a result of strong growth in the Chinese market for smart speakers where both Amazon and Google are currently absent.
“Alibaba and Xiaomi are leading the way in China and their strength in the domestic market alone is proving enough to propel them into the global top five,” he added.
Today’s smart speakers are by no means the finished article but they have captured the consumer imagination.
“We are clearly heading towards 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,” Watkins said.