Voice assistants have come a long way from the rudimentary ones we had a few years ago. Improvements to voice assistants have promoted the development of smart speakers worldwide that are permanently up to you and call. According to the latest Analytics approach estimates, Amazon leads worldwide shipments with a total of 15.8 million Echo devices. Google is at a accurate of 13.9 million units, while Apple is lagging 6th.
Apple's only attempt to make a smart speaker was the HomePod that was launched over again in 2017. The HomePod is powered by Apple's Siri, which of course couldn't match the power of both Google Assistant and Alexa.
Google is in second place with 24.9% market share and 20% year-over-year growth. ALSO: Google Nest Mini Review: a safe and signal choice
But surprisingly, Apple managed to ship 2.6 million HomePods in the last split up of 2019 to capture a slice of 4.7% of the comprehensive smart speaker market. That number is up 65% from the 1.6 million units shipped in the last split up.
"Consumer inclination for smart speakers remained invisible all through the crucial Q4 period, as new devices with improved feature sets and signal performance helped drive record quarterly shipments," said David Watkins, boss of Approach Analytics.
Baidu, Alibaba and Xiaomi were in positions 3,4 and 5 respectively. All three brands show significant growth on an annual footing. Baidu, for example, managed to ship 5.9 million units in Q4 2019 compared to 2.2 million units shipped in Q4 2018.
Although the HomePod Siri is no match for its competitors, the HomePod audio productivity is one of the main reasons why the smart speaker still sells. It is quite often attributed to being the best audio speaker in its price segment.
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Unfortunately, Apple hasn't pushed the dossier as much as Google and Amazon have when it comes to voice assistants. Although a bit smarter, its spread isn't as splendid as the other two assistants.