Meanwhile, smart speakers are also proving popular, with 30.9 million expected to ship this year, growing to more than 50 million by 2025. With market leaders Amazon and Google keeping prices low, that’s also probably to be expected.
Both smart TVs and smart speakers will see their share of the market drop in the coming years though, as the more techie end of the market grows in popularity. Home monitoring/security, smart lighting, and thermostats together shipped 6.1 million units in Q1, up 26.7% on the first quarter of 2020. Home monitoring and security currently dominates – it will account for more than half of the market in the full year, IDC predicts – but smart lighting is set to overtake by 2025, a CAGR of almost 39% pushing shipments to 37 million.
IDC also highlights the small appliances space as one to watch, with smart vacuum cleaners, for example, becoming more widely available and affordable.
So there you have it. By 2025 European householders shouldn’t need to leave the sofa for many reasons at all.
– Mary Lennighan, reporting for TelecomTV