recent Canalys report forecasting the expansion of the worldwide smart speaker installed base above both tablet and wearable band numbers.While it seems unlikely the market will double again next year, the number of US homes with at least one smart speaker in them is expected to continue escalating, based on strong intent to buy among existing owners and potential first-time users. That shouldn't come as a surprise thinking back to a
Speaking of wearable devices, we're also not particularly surprised to hear adoption of both smartwatches and activity trackers has risen by a healthy five and four percentage points respectively in the past year to reach 23 and 29 percent of US households. That means there are still more fitness bands in use stateside, but higher-end smartwatches are slowly closing the gap.
Meanwhile, wireless headphones are naturally outpacing the growth of their wired counterparts, looking destined to take the overall usage lead in the personal audio market before long. Last but certainly not least, smartphones may not be selling as well as they used to, but they're still getting incredibly close to ubiquity, with 91 percent US home adoption and 38 percent intent to purchase among repeat and first-time purchases for the next year. Perhaps that signals an impending improvement in US smartphone demand, although there are obviously no guarantees.