November 26, 2021
smart speakers

Smart Speaker Owners don’t Use the Devices to Control other Smart Devices much but Do this Instead

Despite the numerous capabilities of smart speakers, their owners use them very little to control other smart home devices…

It’s easy to imagine someone willing to pay hundreds of dollars for high-tech devices would get as much mileage out of them as possible. But, it appears that simply isn’t the case. In fact, a new survey finds that smart speaker owners don’t use them for one of their biggest purposes.

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Smart speakers owners regularly use the devices for answering questions and checking the news or weather. The third-most use is controlling and discovering music. So, controlling other smart home devices don’t even make the top three. Surprisingly, it turns out controlling other smart home devices is dead last. Just 6 percent smart speaker owners use the devices to control other smart home tech.

“Controlling smart home devices by voice currently represents only a small fraction of total smart-speaker interactions,” said Blake Kozak, principal analyst, smart home, IHS Markit. “However, this category will continue to trend upward as more video-streaming devices come to rely on voice control, as security alarm systems adopt voice control to arm and disarm, and as more builders embed smart devices throughout new homes,” IHS Markit told

Currently, there are a whopping 4,100 connected devices on the market, with the number to increase. Which means it’s only a matter of time for voice to take the top spot for controlling them. Ultimately, people will likely become very adept at using them for more purposes.

“While devices like thermostats, connected appliances and door locks are important in their own rights, smart speakers will ultimately be the primary disruptor for smart home deployments, and the means by which consumers interact with all other devices.”

IHS Markit surveyed 937 smart speaker owners in the U.S., U.K., Japan, Germany, and Brazil.