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Report: Amazon, Google Lead Global Smart Speaker Market, Apple Stands Fourth

According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, global smart speaker shipments reached 9.2 million units in the first quarter

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Amazon and Google accounted for 70 per cent share of the global smart speaker shipments in the first quarter of 2018, with Apple selling 600,000 HomePods in the period, a new report said on Friday.

According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, global smart speaker shipments reached 9.2 million units in the first quarter.

With 43.6 per cent market share, Amazon shipped an impressive four million smart speakers during the quarter though its global market share nearly halved from the same period in 2017.

Google (26.5 per cent market share with 2.4 million sales) and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (7.6 per cent market share) consolidated their number two and three rankings, while Apple with six per cent share became the fourth largest smart speaker brand worldwide.

Apple stands fourth in Global Smart Speaker Market
Apple stands fourth in Global Smart Speaker Market. Pixabay

“Amazon and Google accounted for a dominant 70 per cent share of global smart speaker shipments in Q1 2018 although their combined share has fallen from 84 per cent in Q4 2017 and 94 per cent in the year ago quarter,” said David Watkins, Director at Strategy Analytics.

This is partly as a result of strong growth in the Chinese market for smart speakers where both Amazon and Google are currently absent.

“Alibaba and Xiaomi are leading the way in China and their strength in the domestic market alone is proving enough to propel them into the global top five,” he added.

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Today’s smart speakers are by no means the finished article but they have captured the consumer imagination.

“We are clearly heading towards a time in the not too distant future when voice becomes a standard mode of technology interaction alongside established approaches like keyboard, mouse and touchscreen,” Watkins said. (IANS)

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Google Starts Warning Against The Installation of Chrome Extensions on Edge Browser

Recently, the search engine giant has added to the Chrome web store which detects when a user is installing extensions to Microsoft Edge

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Earlier, Google had blocked some of its web services from working properly. For example, Stadia is completely blocked and warnings have appeared on services such as Gmail and YouTube Music. Pixabay

Google has started displaying a warning to people using Microsofts new Edge browser while accessing Chrome web store.

Recently, the search engine giant has added to the Chrome web store which detects when a user is installing extensions to Microsoft Edge, 9To5Google reported on Friday.

The extension simply explains that Google “recommends” using Chrome instead of Edge to use extensions “securely”.

The message does not appear when using other Chromium-based browsers.

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Google has started displaying a warning to people using Microsofts new Edge browser while accessing Chrome web store. Pixabay

As per the report, the warning does not affect the ability to install Chrome extensions on Microsoft Edge, rather it just warns users against the practice.

According to NetMarketShare, Chrome has a 67 per cent share of the browser market, while Edge has just under 6 per cent.

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Earlier, Google had blocked some of its web services from working properly. For example, Stadia is completely blocked and warnings have appeared on services such as Gmail and YouTube Music. (IANS)