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Technology Amazon's smart speakers outship Google's by almost triple, Canalys says

01:58  14 november  2019
01:58  14 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Amazon shipped 10.4 million smart speakers in Q3, while Google reached just 3.5 million. Smart speakers continue their worldwide boom, with almost 29 million devices shipped in the third quarter of 2019 -- up 45% since last year, according to a report by Canalys Wednesday.

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Smart speakers continue their worldwide boom, with almost 29 million devices shipped in the third quarter of 2019 -- up 45% since last year, according to a report by Canalys Wednesday. Amazon accounted for the highest number of these, shipping 10.4 million Echo devices for an annual growth of 66%. But on the flip side, Google shipped 40% fewer smart speakers, reaching only 3.5 million in Q3.

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Chinese tech giants are also amassing more smart speaker sales, with Alibaba up 78% year over year to 3.9 million, Baidu up 290% to 3.7 million and Xiaomi up 78% to 3.4 million, Canalys reported.

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New Canalys report says Amazon ' s early grip on smart speaker market has slipped.

Yet visions of an Amazon smart speaker monopoly faded faster than almost anyone expected. “Retailers are more open to the idea of arranging Google ’ s smart speakers , because Google isn’t seen as such a direct competitor,” said Vincent Thielke, research analyst for Canalys .

Jason Low, Canalys senior analyst, credited Amazon's Echo upgrade program and its Prime Day sale for the boost. Alibaba meanwhile ran collaborations with Starbucks, Budweiser, Oreo and more retailers to boost the Tmall Genie; and he said Google is partnering with Spotify to increase sales of its Home and Nest devices.

Amazon launched the original Alexa-based Echo five years ago, and most recently updated the line with the Amazon Echo Studio. This latest smart speaker comes with Dolby Atmos and a Fire TV hookup, selling for $200.

Amazon Echo Studio

Spotify opens its free tier to Amazon Alexa devices, as Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips .
Tech companies are accelerating the convergence of digital music, smart speakers and voice assistants with a series of moves this week. © Provided by GeekWire, LLCDigital music service Spotify announced Wednesday that users of its free tier will now be able to hear their Spotify music and playlists on Amazon Alexa devices. The capability previously required a paid Spotify subscription. The capability will also be rolled out to Sonos speakers and Bose smart speakers, the company said.The announcement came after Amazon expanded the free, ad-supported version of Amazon Music to the iPhone, Android devices, and Fire TV.

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This is interesting!