Smart speakers are the smart home

"Okay, Google, dim the kitchen lights to 50%.""Alexa, turn of all downstairs lights."Google Home and Amazon Echo Dot finally give us the ease of use modern day smart homes so desperately needed.

Smart speakers are dominating. So much so, that it might be fair to say the heart of any smart home today starts with a smart speaker — especially considering they’re connected to the internet and can control pretty much all of the devices that are used for home automation like light switches and outlets and cameras.

A new report from Nielsen confirms the case with approximately 24% of US homes owning a smart speaker, typically one made by Amazon (Echo) or Google (Home).

Music reigns as the leading reason why consumers find value in smart speakers, with about 90% picking it as their #1 use.

That’s followed by:

  • 81% Search for real-time information (e.g. weather, traffic)
  • 75% Search for factual information (e.g. trivia, history)
  • 68% Listen to news
  • 68% Chat with your voice assistant for fun
  • 68% Use alarms and timers

Another study shows that the number of US households with a smart speaker could increase to 50% by year’s end.

Recently, Amazon refreshed its Alexa-based Echo speaker line-up, and even unveiled a model specifically targeted for use in cars.

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Mike Carrall
Mike Carrall is a tech executive by day in Silicon Valley who writes under a pseudonym. Mike's passions includes extreme sports, testing audio gear, trying (not so successfully) to restore a vintage 70's McIntosh receiver and spending time with his five year-old daughter.