December 13, 2021
The global market for smart home devices grew 10.3 per cent year over year in the third quarter of 2021 with more than 221.8 million device shipments, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Smart Home Device Tracker.
Despite persistent supply chain disruptions, unemployment, and an uneven economic recovery, consumer demand remained high for smart home devices like smart TVs, smart speakers, and other devices.
“The smart home market continues to fare better than other consumer goods during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, although to varying degrees in different regions,” said Adam Wright, senior research analyst, Smart Home and Office Devices. “By and large, consumers have shifted their spending priorities from other areas like vacations and going out to eat to focus on adding more comfort, conveniences, and entertainment at home.”
The US held the largest share of unit shipments in the third quarter and grew 9.5 per cent quarter-over-quarter. China was the second-largest country by shipment volume with 24.7 per cent of shipments but had negative growth of 5.2 per cent compared to Q2 2021. Western Europe and Latin America posted solid sequential growth of 17.9 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively.
“Not only are consumers buying more devices, but they’re also buying up the stack as average selling prices (ASPs) have increased upwards of 3 per cent,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Mobile Device Trackers. “The price increases are driven in part by the supply disruptions but new products and improved features across device types have also played a key role. ASPs for notable categories such as TVs increased by almost 7 per cent as OLED displays grew in popularity. Similarly, smart displays, which typically cost more, are also outpacing traditional smart speakers.”
Video entertainment devices like smart TVs and streaming players maintained the largest volume of shipments in the third quarter, accounting for 35.3 per cent of all shipments. Home monitoring/security devices like smart cameras and smart locks accounted for 20.4 per cent of shipments and grew 13.5 per cent.
Notwithstanding the ongoing health crisis, the most salient factors driving the market’s growth at a global level include rising broadband penetration, rising disposable incomes, and a rapidly rising consumer awareness of smart home devices – driven in part by extensive marketing and consumer education campaigns by leading vendors in the market. However, the market’s growth continues to be constrained by ongoing concerns about security and privacy, as well as consumers’ price sensitivity to upfront and ongoing costs of devices and services.