Sales of smart home devices with voice control, excluding smart speakers, will leap from just 154,000 units in 2018 to 32.3 million in 2025, according to the report “2018 Smart Home Devices with Voice Control” by Strategy Analytics.
“Voice control is a natural user interface for controlling things,” said Bill Ablondi, director, Strategy Analytics’ smart home strategies advisory service. “However, not all devices with embedded voice control capability require digital assistants to be built in as well— building in voice recognition with a limited command library can be much more cost efficient for many devices.”
By 2025, smart appliances, surveillance cameras and smart bulbs will be the most common types of devices with built-in voice control, according to the report. The U.S., China and the U.K. will be the countries where voice-controlled smart home devices will be most popular by 2025. Many of the devices will have embedded digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, but the majority will not due to the extra cost involved. The forecast excludes devices that can be controlled by voice-based digital assistants, but do not have embedded voice input capabilities.
Jack Narcotta, senior industry analyst, Strategy Analytics’ smart home strategies research service, added, “The potential for greater control via voice commands will open up new use cases for companies and consumers alike. It also introduces a new user interface design dimension to smart home device companies, appliance makers, components manufacturers and service providers.”