Apple's HomePod may account for just 4% of the smart speaker market in 2018

According to new sales projections, Apple looks set to sell just 4 million units in 2018, which equates to 4% of the overall smart speaker market throughout the year. For comparison, the Amazon Echo line is expected to take 50%, while those based on the Google Assistant platform will reach a 30% market share...
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57 Comments

40. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

It's a good idea for you back out, as you're digging yourself a grave here. A monopoly is simply awful for consumers, so you shouldn't be cheering for the company (Apple) that is already using monopoly-level prices with the 1000$ iPhone X.

24. whatev

Posts: 2152; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It seems to me like you change your mind very frequently or you just suffer from multiple personalities disorder, read your comments ;) https://www.phonearena.com/news/Galaxy-s9-series-best-selling-smartphone_id105640

36. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Why are you linking to that article? I don't see any relevance at all. Provide some argumentation before make ridiculous accusations, buddy.

5. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Even it's not the best product money can buy but Apple fans will keep buying it just like its ugly wireless earphones.

50. Alcyone

Posts: 253; Member since: May 10, 2018

My ears are bleeding... *puts in ear pods* Looks like the air pods, have a dual purpose. Tamponing and music.

6. surethom

Posts: 1632; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Apple thought that apple fan boys would pay whatever apple says it's worth, think they have learned there lesson?? Is apple release a £200 speaker then maybe there sales with pickup.

14. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

It's very simple why the Homepod failed as a product, because of the way Apple has launched it. It's not good as a smart speaker, as Siri is simply not even close to as good as Google Assistant, which you get with Google Home products. The sound quality of the product is honestly not bad, it's a pretty decent speaker, but so is the Google Home Max. Why would someone buy the Homepod over the Google Home Max, if they're interested in a great speaker with smart functionality, when Google Assistant is so much better? They wouldn't, as evident by the data. The thing that also got in the way of the Homepod doing well is Apple's greedy behaviour, which resulted in a speaker with very limited features and functionality, which is ironic for a "smart" speaker. I'm specifically talking about the fact that the Homepod simply doesn't work at all, unless you buy into or own an Apple product. Something like Amazon's smart speakers or Google's works with essentially any products, which is a massive bonus, as you aren't forced to go down the path of having to buy further products from a company just to get your smart speaker to work.

29. mudcat626

Posts: 221; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Did you not even read the comment. Read the Sterophile review. In what universe did the Google Max outperform HomePod? The media put the HomePod in the Privacy invasion instrument category. Apple positioned HomePod as a audiophile grade speaker for Apple Music. If you are not in the Apple ecosystem then the HomePod is not for you. Stick with your privacy intrusive Max. This is for comment 13

44. cmdacos

Posts: 3959; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

There are numerous blind tests that are out there including one from David pogue who initially blasted that homepod was really superior to anything else on the market when he received his pre release test unit. Then he did a blind test with subjects and homepod came last behind sonos and max. Also, please feel free to share hope about google product is privacy intrusive. No identifying personal data is being shared...

47. mudcat626

Posts: 221; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Lol, that is Google business model “your data”.........Lol

48. lyndon420

Posts: 6590; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple wants a piece of the data pie too don't forget. Why do you think they're going further with their ad services and rebuilding apple maps? There's already superior navigation options to choose from...so why does apple need to have one of their own?

49. cmdacos

Posts: 3959; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Thanks for showing your ignorance on the subject. I rest my case. Enjoy your toilet paper roll speaker.

51. Alcyone

Posts: 253; Member since: May 10, 2018

I've never tried music thru a toilet paper roll. Wonder, if it sounds just as bad as a homepod? A BT adapter to a home theater is the way to go. $10 bucks; it may not be smart speaker with assistance. But, it won't sound like the shat on the roll looking "pod".

52. apple-rulz

Posts: 1930; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The HomePod is the Lamborghini of smart speakers-expensive and definitely not for everyone.

55. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Except the Lamborghini is a sports car that is sporty. The HomePod is a smart speaker that is hardly smart. And you can't compare a speaker that average Joe can buy to a car that hardly anyone can buy.

63. cmdacos

Posts: 3959; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I guess... if that Lamborghini was up on blocks and stripped of everything except the stereo..

69. lyndon420

Posts: 6590; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

We're talking about a home pod here, so the stereo must go...but the wipers can stay lol.

68. lyndon420

Posts: 6590; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Lamborghini of smart speakers? Why... because it's the only one that leaves tire marks??

73. apple-rulz

Posts: 1930; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So sorry, but no rings left by mine. Maybe your Sonos One marked up your cheap furniture and you got confused. Regardless, show me on the doll where Apple touched you.

74. lyndon420

Posts: 6590; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I have a real stereo...not into this so-called smart speaker fad. And you sink pretty low with your comments...very childish.

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