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Only 6% of Smart Speaker Users Control Smart Home Devices

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Oct. 11 2020, Updated 11:59 a.m. ET

Smart speakers are becoming increasingly popular

Amazon (AMZN) Echo and other smart speakers in the market are becoming increasingly popular. Smart speaker shipments in the US are predicted to grow at a CAGR (compound average growth rate) of nearly 48.0% from 2016 to 2020, according to eMarketer.

Smart speakers are touted as an integral part of a smart home. However, it seems that not a lot of people are using smart speakers to dim lights or control other smart home devices.

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Only 6% of smart speaker owners surveyed say they use it to control smart home devices

A new survey by IHS Markit found that only 6.0% of smart speaker owners are currently using the device to control smart home devices. In fact, controlling such devices is the least common use of a smart speaker, the survey found. IHS Markit surveyed 937 smart speaker owners from Japan, Brazil, Germany, the US, and the UK.

The survey found that asking a question and checking the news or weather were the most common uses of smart speakers. Using smart speakers to find and control music was in third place among the top uses.

According to the study, 40.0% of the people surveyed own an Amazon device, while 23.0% own a Google (GOOGL) Home device. About 20.0% of the people surveyed owned devices made by both companies.

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