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  • People use 'smart speakers' more than phones at home
  • People use 'smart speakers' more than phones at home
    Andres Urena (2017) ©

People use 'smart speakers' more than phones at home

From Amazon Alexa to Google Home, smart speakers have been infiltrating the domestic sphere. But while the convenience of voice search and smart home integration has people readily adopting them, they're also encouraging owners to listen to more audio – be it podcasts or top 40 hits.



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