Amazon Alexa Wins iHeartRadio Award

Amazon Alexa won iHeartRadio’s “Game Changer Tech” award, given to the electronic device that helps consumers listen to music. Listening to the radio is the most common activity that people request from their smart speakers, followed by music streaming, according to iHeartRadio. With over 60% of the smart speaker market share, Amazon Alexa is the most popular choice of smart speaker with over 100 million device integrations.

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Amazon Alexa won the iHeartRadio Award for Game Changer Tech

Presented by country music star Garth Brooks and iHeartRadio personality Bobby Bones, Alexa accepted the award with a tongue in cheek speech thanking her fans.

“It feels electric. I couldn’t have done this without my fans, especially all you ceiling and bathroom fans out there. And a big shout out to Wi-Fi for always supporting me. Without you, I’d be speechless,”

Alexa said. 2019 was the first year that iHeartRadio included a Game Changer Tech Award, and its expected to remain a part of the awards for years to come.

Smart speakers are quickly rising in popularity, with ownership in the U.S increasing by 40% in the year 2018, according to a report from Voicebot and Voicify. With about 133 million smart speakers in the U.S, the number of smart speakers per U.S user rose by 10% last year, with a huge influx of more casual users.

Smart displays from market giants like Amazon and Google contributed to this increase in popularity, along with the addition of more smart speaker manufacturers like Sonos, Bang & Olufsen, and Klipsch. Despite the diversification of the industry’s manufacturers, Amazon and Google held 85% of the market share at the beginning of 2019, with the Amazon Echo Dot as the most popular smart speaker overall. The Echo Dot alone has around 61% of the market share, down from 72% at the beginning of 2018. However, given the rise in smart speaker ownership, it’s expected that the industry will continue to grow exponentially.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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