Smart Home Devices Grow As Smartphone Boom Comes To An End

Smart dwelling gadgets are rising whereas the smartphone growth heads towards its finish.

In 4 years, annual development of smartphones bought may have slowed from 30% in 2014 to a mere four%, based mostly on a brand new examine.

Meanwhile, the variety of linked sensible gadgets in use will almost double from eight billion final yr to 15 billion in 2021, in accordance with the report by Ovum.

This transformation will lead corporations like Apple, Samsung and others to hunt new sources of development in digital actuality, sensible dwelling and different remerging segments, in accordance with Ovum.

Digital voice assistants are also on the rise, although from a comparatively small base.

Only 11% of customers personal both an Amazon Echo or Google dwelling, in accordance with a latest examine by GfK, which I wrote about right here (Top Use Of Amazon Alexa, Google Home: Playing Music).

Amazon Echo and Google Home will account for 192 million of the four billion sensible dwelling gadgets in use by 2021, however their function inside the dwelling and the broader world of the augmented buyer might be pivotal, in accordance with the Ovum examine.



Interactive audio audio system provide a extra pure means than smartphones or tablets to manage sensible dwelling gadgets. For instance, Amazon’s Alexa already has greater than 10,000 ‘abilities’ that permit it to work together with a really giant variety of apps.

Even although smartphone gross sales will regularly gradual and digital voice assistant will proceed to develop, the smartphone nonetheless be a essential element of driving sensible properties.

By 2021, Ovum says the smartphone may have cemented its place as the most well-liked shopper system of all time, with greater than 5 billion in use.

Voice could also be simpler and extra environment friendly, however the smartphone nonetheless would be the hub of the sensible dwelling for the foreseeable future.


Voice assistants might be mentioned on the MediaPost IoT Marketing Forum May 18 in New York. Here’s the agenda