Virtual assistants, an innovation once exclusive to science fiction, can now be found in billions of devices around the world. By 2024, estimates suggest that more than eight billion digital voice assistants (a number roughly equal to the world’s population) will be in use globally. In a time where consumers and businesses alike are constantly adopting new technologies in hope of increasing efficiency and convenience, the virtual assistant has been an immediate success. As the name implies, this type of software serves as an assistant for its users by responding to commands, giving information, providing entertainment and in general, assisting with every-day-tasks.
Popular virtual assistants
Although the technology has been available in simple forms for years, Apple’s Siri was perhaps the first to be both highly advanced and commercially available. Seeing the success of Apple’s product, tech giants like Google (Google Assistant), Amazon (Alexa), and Microsoft (Cortana) released virtual assistants of their own. Chinese tech companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, and Xiaomi have also bring to the market their own virtual assistant products, with the Baidu DuerOS and the Xiaomi Xiao AI as notable examples. Consumers are making use of these technologies in their homes, cars, and in connection with a vast range of other smart devices such as smartphones and smart speakers.
Smart speakers help popularize the use of virtual assistants
Although virtual assistant was introduced to the consumers by smartphones, it is via smart speakers that it becomes more widely used. Since the release of Amazon Echo in 2014, smart speakers have made their way into the households - as of 2020, a third of U.S. and UK households own at least one smart speaker. Inbuilt with virtual assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant, smart speakers can perform tasks such as checking the weather and playing songs on-demand, and in smart home households, commanding other smart devices. With a projected worldwide installed base of more than 600 million units by 2024, smart speakers will continue to gain popularity in the future, bringing virtual assistants into more households.
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