VoiceLabs published a report predicting that there will be 24,000,000 Echos, Google Homes, or other “voice-first” devices shipped in 2017. This will bring the total to more than 34 M out in the wild.
What’s it like to help with the proliferation of devices?
- Adoption of APIs. Alexa Voice Service and Google Embedded Assistant SDK (or Android Thing) will mean that it’s not just Echos and Homes that need to be shipped by millions of speakers will be coming to market with these features enabled.
- Lower Cost Implementation. It’s costing less to implement voice and the knowledge to implement is slowly seeping through the industry. Each release of a voice enabled product gives other players lessons to learn from and reduce the learning curve for implementation.
- Better Tools. There are likely to be more tools to help with the development and implementation of voice products and reduce the time required to get up and running with prototypes.
By the end of 2018, it’s likely that most homes in the US will have an ambient voice interactive product inside.