Smart speaker users such as Amazon Echo and Google Home see this technology as a way to publish and use smaller screens in their everyday life, new research shows.
The number of people using intelligent voice activated speakers almost doubled in the past year, while 10% of Britons say they regularly use one, the Reuters Institute revealed.
Consumers said they see smart speakers as a chance to publish, replacing traditional radio stations around the house, especially in living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms, and instead choose to listen to live webcasts of radio shows.
Many said they were expecting a vote that they largely replaced remote controls for TV and other household appliances.
"These technologies are still at an early stage," said Nic Nevman, author of the report, The Future Voice and Implications for the News.
"We will increasingly use our voice to control the device and access the media, because it's a faster and more convenient entry for many purposes than touchscreens or remote controls."
The research also showed that people see smart speakers as an effective way to spend less time on screens, helping them to separate from the sometimes deceived Internet.
Technical giants were silent about the exact number of smart speakers they sold, but data from a report based on a survey of 1,000 British smartphone owners suggest that Amazon Echo is currently in the lead with only three quarters of the market (74%), then Google home with 14% and Sonos One, which runs Alek, taking 5%.
– Press Association