Alexa, Is This the Right Time to Talk About Voice UI?

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6 min readOct 9, 2020

Gone are the days (well, almost) when communicating with machines meant clicking a mouse or typing on a keyboard. Soon, it will be all about talking to the computers through voice recognition — and hearing them talk back!

Statistics show that 41% of adults use voice search at least once per day. Many studies have further predicted, more than half of all smartphone users will engage with voice technology on their device. Juniper Research estimates 4.2 billion devices used voice assistants this year, which will grow to 8.4 billion by 2024, with much of the interactions on smartphones.

Think it this way, how many times have you tried asking a question, or set the alarm using Google voice search or asked Alexa to play your favorite song without having to type or click. Multiple times, right? Even if not multiple times a day, you must have tried once so far, at least I try it every once in a while, just to see how accurately it works.

This PwC survey shows what devices people have used to try their hands on voice assistants technology-


As people are becoming more accustomed to interacting with voice-activated/responsive devices, the rise in this use of voice search will increase accordingly. As a result, voice search technology will only improve further. It already has become better and more accurate as compared to what it was a few years back.

Here are the numbers, the Big Five tech giants, (FAAMG) Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google — are currently developing or have developed voice-enabled AI assistants. According to research, Siri, Apple’s AI assistant, is helping more than 40 million users per month. Moreover, one in 10 households in the US already owns a smart speaker today.

To be honest, voice searches are not just another fad that will die out in time, they are here to stay, and it is high time we start talking about the Voice UIs. Whether we’re talking about Voice User Interfaces for mobile or smart home speakers, voice interactions are becoming more common, especially when users are more aware and concerned about screen…

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