The standout in the stats is Google Home, which sold 2.4 million units in the quarter for a 26.5 percent market share, double its market share from a year ago but more importantly a 709 percent increase in unit sales.
Amazon has appeared to be the market leader and have estimated to ship 4 million smart speakers during the quarter.
The analysts use the word "shipped", which may mean that the actual sales of smart speakersHomePod even less, writes The Verge.
According to a report by a market research firm Strategy Analytics, smart speaker shipment has increased from 2.4 million units in the first quarter of 2017 to 9.2 million units in the first quarter of 2018 with Amazon and Google accounting for almost 70 per cent share in the global smart speaker market shipment during the same time. Meanwhile, the newer kids on the block of Alibaba, Apple, and Xiaomi achieved 0.7m, 0.6m, and 0.2m shipments respectively.
Apple shares opened lower in the US Friday as a new report places its HomePod in fourth place in the still small - but growing - smart speaker market.
"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", Watkins was quoted as saying. Both Amazon and Google dominate despite their speakers not bring available in the Chinese market.
"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".
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