Apple has now earned a place in the world's top five biggest smart speaker sellers. The American tech firm reportedly shipped around 600,000 of its HomePod speakers worldwide in the first quarter of 2018, according to research from Strategy Analytics.
A total of around 9.2 million smart speakers were shipped worldwide between January and March of 2018. Amazon is still by far the market leader, selling four million speakers from its Echo range, ahead of Google, which shipped 2.4 million of its Home speakers. Next come Alibaba (700,000), Apple (600,000) and Xiaomi (200,000). However, the Apple HomePod was only released in February, which skews the comparison somewhat. Indeed, over a three-month period, Apple would no doubt have sold more smart speakers than Alibaba.