The virtual home assistant built-in speaker has become a hit in the smart home market, such as Amazon Echo and the upcoming Google Home. However, what do smarthome-owners do with these devices every day?
According to a report conducted by Experian and Creative Strategies and published by Statista, users of Amazon Echo tell Alexa to play a song the most often. And secondly, to dim a light.
From this survey, the top three behaviors which users have tried at least once on Amazon Echo are setting a timer (84.9%), playing a song (82.4%) and reading the news (66%). Then the top three repeated behaviors with the device are playing songs (34%), controlling smart lightings (31%) and setting timers (25%).
Telling Alexa to play music at home seems to be the most often actions that users interact with the Amazon Echo.
One thing interesting from the report is that a high percentage of respondents (66%) have tried to let Alexa read the news at least once, however, only a few people would like to do it again (17%).
Amazon has spotlighted its Echo devices with voice control internet searching or ordering an Uber ride or a pizza. Besides of playing music, just like other speakers do, the device can do more for users including a smart home control hub. From users’ behaviors, it seems like music is still the most important thing people use the device for.
The survey was conducted in May 2016, from 180 of Amazon Echo users.
Another tech giant, Google, has just officially announced its Echo-competed device, Google Home. With its voice control Google Assistant, the device also has the similar capabilities as Amazon Echo – playing music from Spotify or Pandora, online searching information and controlling connected smart home devices.
One thing might make a slight difference is that users can connect with their Google accounts, which contain personal information such as traveling reservations. Therefore, Google Home is able to greet users in the morning and remind them there’s a flight to catch at 5pm today.
Google Home will start shipping on 4th of November at the price of $129. While Amazon Echo is selling at the price of $179.99. The smart home war between these two companies starts soon.
According to research firm Gartner’s latest report, the virtual personal assistant enabled wireless speaker market is expected to reach $2.1 billion by 2020, up from $360 million in 2015. And by 2020, 3.3% of global households will have a virtual assistant wireless speaker at home. By then, the market players will not restrict on Amazon and Google, the the capabilities of the devices might extend to a natural-language interaction with users.