Canalys Predicts 2018 Will Be 'Defining Year' for Smart Speaker Growth

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    A new report posted today by Canalys predicts that 2018 will be "the defining year" for smart speaker adoption, with the global market expected to grow to 56.3 million shipments by the end of the year, up from just over 30 million in 2017 (via TechCrunch).

    Canalys predicts that Amazon and Google will remain in the lead with Echo and Home speakers, respectively. In addition to existing products, Apple's HomePod will be one of multiple new entries in the market to help smart speaker consumer adoption grow this year.

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    Canalys research analyst Lucio Chen said that smart speaker uptake has "grown faster than any other consumer technology" the group has recently encountered, including augmented reality, virtual reality, and wearables.
    On a country-by-country basis, the United States is believed to remain "the single most important market" for smart speakers in 2018, with shipments predicted to reach 38.4 million units. China is then marked as a distant second place with 4.4 million units. Looking further into the future, Canalys mentioned that the U.S. will hold its top spot in the global smart speaker market through 2020.

    Canalys wrote that smart speaker adoption has accelerated on a global scale due to "successful upgrades" to existing products, and potential for smart home integration.
    The HomePod will be Apple's entry into the smart speaker market, allowing users to use voice commands to control HomeKit devices, play Apple Music, ask Siri questions, and more. The device was previously set to launch in December 2017, but in November Apple decided to delay the speaker's debut to early 2018. Since that delay we haven't heard any mention of when the HomePod might launch, but the company's definition of "early" is generally January through April.

    Article Link: Canalys Predicts 2018 Will Be 'Defining Year' for Smart Speaker Growth
     
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    And from the sounds google home and amazon smart speakers went down on price as they think people are indeed waiting for the HomePod
     
  3. SoApple macrumors regular

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    Can’t wait to see how the HomePod performs. Google home is fantastic.
    I don’t think Siri can ever be as good as the google assistant.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    As someone as myself who uses Siri on a regular basis, I agree that Google assistant is much better in dictation and producing accurate results. The speed of Google assistant also produces results faster. Siri has its moments when it works efficiently and other times it can be frustrating, but Google Assistant has improved significantly where Siri struggles at times.
     
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  6. Moi Ici macrumors regular

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    I could never have a “live” speaker in my home. The security issues just bother me.
     
  7. JTR555 macrumors regular

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    I’ve waited patiently for HomePod, but the more I read about its price, lack of smaller additional speakers, the need for a nearby iPhone / iPad to function, closed ecosystem and other limitations, the more I questioned if it was what I wanted for my home. I asked my friends on Facebook if any of them had Alexa or Google and a surprising number do with most of them opting for Alexa. I caved and ordered an Echo Dot this morning, so we’ll see how that goes.
     
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    Why would a nearby iPhone or iPad be an issue? Unless of course you don’t have either..chances are if you have a HomePod your Apple device won’t be far away

    For me as long as I can play podcasts through it then I think it would be worth getting. As I listen to podcasts more than music at home

    Also if you can control Apple TV with it will be interesting.
     
  9. D.T. macrumors 604

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    Well, that's better than saying, "2018 will be the defining year for giant monster attacks".







    ... but only by a little.
     
  10. SoApple macrumors regular

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    Agreed. Hopefully, Apple will have - somehow- improved on Siri with the launch of the HP
     
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    I don't get this trend, maybe because I don't have a "connected" home and don't see the need for one at this point. If I need info, it's not much trouble to look at my phone or tablet. I don't need a "smart assistant" to tell me to look there. The only thing that intrigues me about the HomePod is the sound quality. If indeed it's as good as rumored, it could make a decent (if pricey) bluetooth speaker with some added features.
     
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    “Oh hey, Apple is coming out with a speaker in 2018. I betcha that market will grow.”
     
  13. travelsheep macrumors 6502

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    HomePod could be $ 600 and be chargeable by hand-crank only (sold separately), and still sell like crazy .. because Apple.
     
  14. filmantopia macrumors 6502a

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    While I wait for the HomePod I’m using a Google Home Mini which I received as a holiday gift. I gotta say I’m really enjoying to more than I would have thought.

    I have been using it for:

    News
    Weather
    Podcasts
    Music
    Smarthome (lights)
    Lots of random questions
    Timers

    And I plan to use it for purchases, like toilet paper, etc.

    The thing is great at understanding me and remarkably smart.
     
  15. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    But we can't count on HomePod to ever support Sonos, Google Play Music, or any other third party service for that matter. As someone who has a ton of money in Sonos, I'll pass.
     
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    It's kind of like 1984, except that people are willing doing it to themselves. A device that is constantly listening; what could possibly go wrong?

    There's already been at least one case where police tried to use a smart speaker in their investigation, and the government can still issue FISA warrants to grab data they want with essentially no real judicial oversight. Apple admits they receive and sometimes comply with "requests" for individuals' data and have offered to help in certain cases.

    Some will say this is conspiracy thinking, but no one can dispute the facts. You can interpret them how you like, but I will not be putting a smart speaker in my home.
     
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    Sonos already has a very good sound quality integrated sound system with benefits. At a more attractive price and more options to fit ones needs. The personal assistant can be summed up in one word, convenient. Many times my phone in use, not with me, and I want to skip a song. Or my hands are in a cooking mess and I need a conversion. Also faster, ones phone in pocket, now tell me tomorrow’s weather. Before one could even get their phone out of the pocket, all done with the voice assistant. A needed feature, No, very nice too have however.
     
  18. BMcCoy macrumors 65816

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    I didn’t know that. Where did you see/read that?
     
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    From what I've seen, the initial set-up requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Once it's set up, seems reasonable to assume that it can function through voice commands alone if you want, or you can use one of those previously mentioned devices to control certain aspects. I doubt there's any requirement for them to be "nearby" though after set-up.
     
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    already got my sonos one and loving it. excellent sound, elaxa which is better than siri and tons of integrations, not just apple music
     
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    I like my Amazon Echo - I don't really see the need for spending $300 on something similar from Apple. I don't even have a music account with Amazon and it plays anything I want. I much prefer Amazon's approach so far when it comes to smart home stuff as well.
     
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    I’m only use Apple Music so HomePod only working with Apple Music is fine for me but can see why it wouldn’t be for others who use others like Spotify
     
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    Disposable junk like a “smart speaker,” makes me laugh. Silly.

    I actually just face-palmed myself.
     
  24. mcdspncr macrumors regular

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    If you have an iPhone 6s or newer there’s a decent chance you already have one. Can you just say “Hey Siri ....” and get a response from your phone without pressing a button?
     
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    I was just given a Google Home Mini. I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with it.
     

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