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Future of Voice-Based Assistants

In the infancy of the smart speaker market in 2016, the total number of smart speaker units sold was less than 10 million, however, at the beginning of the latter half of 2017, Amazon Echo had sold more than 20 million devices alone (source: voicebot.ai) and it is predicted (source: voicebot.ai) that, during 2018, more than 56 million smart speaker devices will be sold:

Figure 7.7: Growth of smart speaker market

Also, by 2020, it is predicted (source: Gartner, Edison Research 2017) that 75% of US households will have a smart speaker:

Figure 7.8: Consumer adoption of smart speakers

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