The burgeoning smart speaker industry is on the upswing. That’s according to a survey of over 1,038 adults conducted by in the first week of January 2018, which found that the number of smart speaker owners — i.e., owners of AI-imbued devices like Amazon’s Echo, Google Home, and Apple’s HomePod — reached 66.4 million in the U.S. and 133 million globally in 2019. That represents year-over-year growth of 39.8 percent, and comes as new smart speaker sales boost ownership to 26.2 percent of U.S. adults, up from 20 percent in 2017.

The number of smart speakers per household rose from

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