Echo smart speaker: Amazon feels squeeze as Google and Apple make gains

Enlarge Image                  Strategy Analytics

Amazon was still the top contender, with shipments rising to 4 million from 2 million, but its market share nearly halved as competition in the sector heated up with the entrance of Alibaba, Apple and Xiaomi.

One of those smart speaker manufacturers that achieved stronger growth than Amazon in the period was Google.

As expected, with the advantage of being the early mover, Amazon leads the market with 43.6% of all the shipments in Q1 2018.

Saskatchewan wants Ottawa to get tough with BC over Trans Mountain pipeline
His offer of covering losses caused by B.C.'s delaying of the project stands for other investors as well, he said. Meanwhile, Alberta has threatened to reduce oil and gas shipments to B.C. if the project is stopped.

PayPal acquires Swedish payments firm iZettle
Morgan Securities plc is acting as sole financial adviser to iZettle, while Gernandt & Danielsson is acting as its legal adviser. The deal will be an all-cash deal and is expected to be closed by third quarter of the current financial year.

What time does the Grey's Anatomy season 14 finale start, end?
During the season's penultimate episode , April got into a life-threatening accident she survived thanks to her co-workers. They ultimately save the mother's life, and even help her watch her daughter's nuptials on FaceTime.

Amazon started the craze with the launch of its first Alexa-powered Echo speaker back in 2014, but more recently other big hitters such as Google and Apple have entered the market with their own offerings, putting pressure on sales of Amazon's growing range of smart speakers. Google, who is expanding into new markets in recent months with the Google Home lineup takes the second place at 26.5%.

Amazon is estimated to have shipped 4 million units during the period from January to March, but its global share of the market has fallen by nearly 50 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

However, while Apple is still a long way between market leaders Amazon and Google, it's worth noting that the HomePod didn't go on sale until 9 February, so Apple didn't have the full quarter to rack up sales. Alibaba, Apple and Xiaomi meanwhile advanced their shares from 0 percent to 7.6 percent, 6 percent, and 2.4 percent respectively. That doubled the 2 million devices it shipped during last year's first quarter. 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. The company has largely dominated the smart speaker industry, but is now facing increased competition from Apple, Google, and Xiaomi. "We are clearly heading towards to 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". All three did not have a smart speaker to ship the previous year. As the sales of Amazon Echo products grew by 102% in the last quarter, Google's products registered an 709% growth.

Related:

  • Miguna Miguna 'accepts' Sonko's surprise nomination

    Miguna Miguna 'accepts' Sonko's surprise nomination

    One of Miguna's lawyers Nelson Havi, told local television, Citizen TV , that he would advise his client to accept the nomination. He said Miguna meets all the requirements provided for in the constitution to be his deputy.
    Mayawati blames Rahul for BJP's stellar Karnataka win

    Mayawati blames Rahul for BJP's stellar Karnataka win

    Mamata Banerjee has always been at the centre of forming a "federal front" to fight against BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Mayawati , sources said, subsequently spoke to Sonia and suggested that Congress extend support to JD (S) to which she agreed.
    Teairra MarĂ­ Taking Legal Action Against 50 Cent for Reposting Revenge Porn

    Teairra MarĂ­ Taking Legal Action Against 50 Cent for Reposting Revenge Porn

    In series of Instagram Stories , Abdul-Ahad seemed to allege that Teairra is lying and after his money. He denies posting the images, "but I know in my heart he did", Mari said.
  • Why BJP shouldn't have been allowed to form government in Karnataka

    Why BJP shouldn't have been allowed to form government in Karnataka

    Venugopal said: "we don't know what happened in exchanges between Governor and Yeddyurappa, or what he has said in his letter". The Karnataka Speaker election can very well become a trust vote of the Yeddyurappa government.
    David Sullivan: West Ham 'very close' to appointing new manager

    David Sullivan: West Ham 'very close' to appointing new manager

    The Telegraph claim Benitez still doesn't know how much money he'll have to spend over the summer - and this has "infuriated" him. We're making ready to nominate a supervisor who has a confirmed file of success on the highest stage of the sport'.
    Motorola Moto 1s full specifications

    Motorola Moto 1s full specifications

    Lenovo's ZUI skin is laid atop Android Oreo instead of the lightweight Motoblur - something to be expected over there. The phone also has a dual SIM card slot with 4G LTE and VoLte support on both the slots.
  • HTC U12+: A four camera flagship with no notch

    HTC U12+: A four camera flagship with no notch

    HTC sounds like it's doubling up on dual cameras, though, with a pair of shooters also occupying the front of the camera. The phone will feature Face unlock feature as well along with fingerprint sensor , which is placed on the back panel.
    China to end anti-dumping probe on United States  sorghum imports

    China to end anti-dumping probe on United States sorghum imports

    But the move will inevitably be seen as a gesture aimed at creating some goodwill in Washington as trade talks continue Friday. But it is still not a big deal compared with the overall trade deficit in goods, which reached $375 billion previous year .
    Hotel pools a factor in water-related illness outbreaks

    Hotel pools a factor in water-related illness outbreaks

    The report describes mixed progress in preventing outbreaks caused by germs spread through treated recreational water. Dorevitch said if you are unsure, ask the pools aquatics director about the protocol to keep the pool clean and safe.
  • BSF jawan, civilian injured in Pakistan shelling along IB in J&K

    BSF jawan, civilian injured in Pakistan shelling along IB in J&K

    The constable, identified as 27-year-old Sita Ram Upadhyay of the 192 battalion, was hit by enemy fire at Jabowal around 1:30 am. Sitaram Upadhyay , the 28-year-old soldier who was killed in unprovoked firing from Pakistan was from Giridih in Jharkhand.
    YouTube Music streaming service set to launch next week

    YouTube Music streaming service set to launch next week

    Spotify leads the music-streaming industry with 75 million paying subscribers, and Apple Music is quickly gaining steam. Anyone interested will be able to try out the refreshed service for free before deciding whether to subscribe.
    First urban case of Ebola in Congo a 'game-changer'

    First urban case of Ebola in Congo a 'game-changer'

    It is emphasized that so far, confirmed cases of EVD have been recorded near the city Bikoro, located 150 km from Mbandaka. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and internal and external bleeding.

Comments

Latest news

Report of gunman prompts Las Vegas mall evacuation
Authorities in Las Vegas responded to the Boulevard Mall late Thursday after a "individual with a gun" name, police mentioned. A Metro official said no one has been injured and that there are no reports of shots fired by the suspect.

Zuckerberg to meet European Union officials _ dodging public grilling
The anonymised data of approximately 3 million Facebook users has reportedly been published on a poorly protected website. However, there are some Parliamentary members who are unhappy that the meeting will be behind closed doors.

Elon Musk details plans for LA's LOOP
This new Boring Company tunnel was announced last month and will serve as a new full proof-of-concept for the company. Still, questions about the test-tunnel project largely dominated the meeting on Thursday night.

White House Weighs in on Laurel vs. Yanny Debate: 'I Hear Covfefe'
Air Force thought it would be a good idea to use it in a now-deleted tweet that bragged about repressing a Taliban offensive. Ivanka Trump is the first to appear on screen, listening to the quick audio clip before declaring "It's so clearly Laurel ".

Rex Tillerson Takes Subtle Shots At Trump During Commencement Speech
Their relationship turned sour after Tillerson called Trump a "moron" during a meeting at the Pentagon in July a year ago . However, the main theme of Tillerson's commencement speech appeared to be rooted in "ethics and integrity".

European Union chief Tusk asks: 'With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?'
President Donald Trump-branded the agreement as "the worst deal ever" and announced on May 8 the United States was pulling out. The EU has discussed instituting a so-called blocking statute, which would shield European companies doing business with Iran.

Co-op Arcade Shooter Halo: Fireteam Raven Announced by 343 Industries
Yes, an actual coin-operated arcade game with massive mounted light guns like you used to play when you were a laaitie. According to the press release, Halo: Fireteam Raven is now being co-developed by Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix.

Why filming 'Deadpool 2' was survival of the funniest
But although the team praises the original as a "wonderful movie", it seems they're going for something with a little more. I don't know if that means that Deadpool will eventually be mingling with the likes of Iron Man or someone like that...

Missing SC 2-Year-Old Seen in Iowa This Week, Authorities Say
Surveillance footage showed Willian Ray, Jessica Ray and Dakota at a hospital in Iowa May 14, according to the NCMEC statement. They are traveling in a 1996 gold Ford Aerostar van and may be changing their license plates, according to the release.

Guardiola Extends Manchester City Contract Until 2021
PEP GUARDIOLA HAS put pen to paper on a contract extension with Manchester City , the Premier League champions announced today. Chief executive Ferran Soriano added: "Pep's new contract extension is fantastic news for Manchester City ".

Chelsea target Sarri set to stay at Napoli
Regardless of the claims, Conte has lately insisted that stories suggesting he's itching to make for the exit door are 'untrue' . Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is set to turn his back on advances from Chelsea and pen a new deal with the Serie A club.

Skull & Bones has been delayed out of 2018
We already are aware that The Division 2 will be unveiled at E3, which is more than enough reason for us to get excited. Ubisoft Singapore states that Skull and Bones is its "biggest game yet" and a project "filled with huge passion".

Possible Director and Synopsis For Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Revealed
We already know " Solo " is created to start a new franchise and that Alden Ehrenreich signed a three-picture deal with Lucasfilm. Also, the recent Marvel Star Wars comic run visits old Ben Kenobi on Tatooine and the plot sounds much like that story arc.

Dangote Cement Manager, Deep Kamra killed by gunmen in Ethiopia
Once complete it will generate about 6,400 megawatts, more than doubling Ethiopia's current production of 4,000 megawatts. Construction activity on the Grand Renaissance dam in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz region, March 16, 2014.

Mohamed Salah boots to be displayed in British Museum
The left-footed striker has gained national treasure status in Egypt by helping the team get to the World Cup 2018. The boots will be placed in Gallery 61 next to a pair of ancient Egyptian sandals, the museum has confirmed.

Other news