What smart home devices are Australians using?Australians are no different from global smart home consumers. The main segments include comfort and lighting, control and connectivity, security, smart appliances, energy management, and home entertainment. Common smart home device brands owned by Australians include Samsung, Philips, Google Nest, Brilliant, and Ring. The product ranges consist of devices to control lighting, doorbells, locks, cameras, and thermostats among many other functions. Smart speakers are also becoming increasingly popular. In a survey conducted in 2022, around a quarter of respondents owned smart speakers with an integrated virtual assistant. Among the most owned smart speaker devices were Google Home (Google Assistant), Amazon Echo (Alexa), and Apple HomePod (Siri).
A smarter outlookThe global smart home market is set to continue growing, with Australia following this trend. Smart home technology is developing at a rapid pace and looks likely to become more integrated as standard housing features for new homes built in the future. Tech companies including Apple, Amazon, and Google will likely be key market players in terms of full home automation.
Along with making lives more convenient, the potential energy-saving benefits are also appealing to environmentally-conscience consumers. From more control over the energy sources used and automated efficient energy practices to smart windows that can transfer real-time weather data to a centralized home management system, these are just a few of the applications that may be normalized in homes of the future.