Smart speakers — the interface of the future
Smart speakers and voice-controlled devices will become more useful in 2019. Amazon has sold 100 million Alexa-enabled devices. For Google Home and devices with its support, 2018 was a great year, and Alibaba showed great growth in this segment. This means that voice assistants will become more important in 2019.
According to new data from Voicebot, the number of Amazon Alexa skills in the US has more than doubled over the past year, while in the other two main markets, the UK and Germany, the number of skills has increased by 233% and 152% respectively.
In 2019, the prevalence of smart speakers in China will be equal to that in the US thanks to the efforts of Alibaba, Xiaomi and many other companies. Alibaba alone sold more than a million speakers in 2018. It is unlikely that Xiaomi or Baidu will become for the company the same competitors as Google for Amazon, and therefore the growth of Alibaba in the market of smart speakers makes it the main player of China in this area.