May 23, 2022

NPR, Edison Research Release “The Smart Audio Report (Winter 2018); Number of Smart Speakers in Homes Has Increased 78% Year-Over-Year

From a NPR News Release:

The latest survey from NPR and Edison Research, conducted after the December 2018 holidays, confirms continued increases in the U.S. voice-activated smart speaker market: 53M people A18+ in the U.S. (21% of the population) now own at least one smart speaker, and the total umber of devices in homes has increased 78% year-over-year.

According to the nationally-representative telephone survey of 1,000+ persons 18+, the average smart speaker household now features 2.3 devices, up from an average 1.7 devices per household at this time last year.

2019-01-07_15-29-13Other key findings from The Smart Audio Report Winter 2018 ownership
survey include:

  • 52% of all smart speaker owners report using their device daily
  • 8% of people in the U.S. got a smart speaker during the 2018 holiday
    season, between Black Friday and the end of December 2018
  • 14M people in the U.S. got their first smart speaker device in 2018

Direct to Full Text Report (11 pages; PDF)

Direct to Report Summary

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