Smart Speakers

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  • Perform a landscape search in the area of Smart Speakers
  • Use PCS to derive insights and gain competitive perspective
  • Understand the value chain and recent M&A activities


A smart speaker is a type of wireless speaker and smart device that utilizes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other standards to extend usage beyond audio playback. This can include, but not be limited to, features such as compatibility across a number of services and platforms, peer-to-peer connection through mesh networking, intelligent personal assistants, and others. Each can have its own designated interface and features in-house, usually launched or controlled via application or home automation software.

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Search in PCS

A search on PCS for Smart speaker was performed with the following search strategy:

(tac:speaker AND tac:home automation ) OR (tac:music system and tac:user-interaction ) OR (tac:speaker AND tac:user interaction and text:home ) OR (tac:speaker AND tac:voice command and text:smart-home ) OR (tac:speaker and tac:automation and text:music ) OR ((tac:bluetooth speaker OR tac:wireless speaker OR tac:NFC connected speaker OR tac:wifi speaker OR tac:wifi connected speaker ) and text:smart home ) OR (tac:smart speaker OR tac:intelligent speaker OR tac:networked speaker OR tac:talking speaker or tac:interactive speaker ) OR (tac:user interactive music system ) OR (tac:speaker and text:on demand music ) OR (tac:speaker and tac:user tracking and text:home ) OR (tac:speaker and tac:intelligent user-interface ) OR (tac:music and text:intelligent user-interface ) OR (tac:speaker and tac:user-interaction ) OR (text:voice controlled speaker ) OR (text:voice controlled music system) OR (text:speech controlled speaker) OR (text:speech controlled music system)

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Top Assignee

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  • All Top Players have Smart speakers products in market.
  • Sonos - The Home Sound System
  • Sony - BSP60
  • Qualcomm - APQ8009/APQ8017 platform based etc

Top Assignee Insights

A) MIcrosoft technology Licensing

  • Microsoft has patents related to smart speakers as shown below

B) Alphabet Inc.

  • Alphabet has patents related to smart speakers as shown below

B) Apple Inc.

  • Apple has patents related to smart speakers as shown below

Bibliographic Analytics

Main CPCs:

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  • G06FR - Physics---> Computing;calsulating;counting ---> Electrical digital data processing

IP Activity:

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Geographical Distribution

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Technical Insights: CPC Distribution in Top Assignees:

CPC Distribution:

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Technical Insights: Concepts vs Top Assignees

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Value Chain Analysis

Latest M&A Activity in the Space