Half of smartphones sold in 2018 have Virtual Assistants – Strategy Analytics

by Jed John 0

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is fast becoming an integral part of modern smartphones. Edge AI computing is pushing more processing on-device as vendors use more AI in several areas.  Virtual assistants such as Siri, Bixby and Google Assistant are already becoming commonplace and on-device AI is increasing their abilities. Strategy Analytics has come out with an extensive report which looks at the progress of Artificial Intelligence technologies inside smartphones from 2010 to 2023.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Bixby Voice
The report is said to have tracked and forecasted the sales of smartphones with Artificial Intelligence technologies globally and across six regions. The report noted that Google Assistant has risen to be the top virtual assistant with over 50% share. This could be traced to the inclusion of the smart assistant on the latest Android versions. This is followed by Apple’s Siri. Worthy of note is the claim by Senior Analyst Ville-Petteri Ukonaho that “The fastest rising assistant comes from China where Baidu Duer is taking share and will capture second place within the next few years.”

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The report concluded that by 2019, over half of smartphones globally will have the virtual assistant and the share will grow up to 90% by 2023. This is a good thing as it pushes the dream of smartphones becoming our everyday assistants closer to reality.