Amazon continues to dominate a market in which Apple grows more irrelevant by the quarter

At this point, it should come as no big surprise that the thriving global smart speaker market had yet another stellar quarter. After all, we’re talking about an industry expected to surpass both tablets and wearable bands in terms of its worldwide installed base before long, while topping every other consumer tech segment as far as US growth rates are concerned.

What might be shocking to see is the jump in Chinese shipments, examined by Canalys in a fresh Q1 2019 report. Believe it or not, smart speaker sales in the world’s most populous country have surged by nearly …

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