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Getting Vocal with in 2020

Okay Josh, what were the top 10 voice commands given in 2020?

As we noted in our Companies to Watch in 2021, 2020 was another big year for It had raised $11 million in funding back in April, followed up with a series of announcements featuring new partnerships and integrations, announced its new Fiji OS at CEDIA Expo, and then, in November, held its first keynote event where it introduced the industry to Josh Nano, an architectural microphone, and Josh Core, the rack-based processor that lets the Josh Nano be practically invisible.

Also busy were users, issuing hundreds of thousands of voice commands to date. So what were the most popular commands issued through systems in 2020? The company has just released its annual list…

10. Okay Josh, watch Netflix
Coming in at number 10 is the command, “Okay Josh, Watch Netflix.” With thousands of different TV commands, this suggests people find the most value in being able to turn the TV on to the right source, after which they grab a remote to browse content. Netflix was requested more than other streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Prime. This is also promising for integrators, as it shows AV as a top use case for voice control.

9. Okay Josh, what’s the weather
Unsurprisingly, one of the top commands in 2020 is for the weather. Weather requests are helpful by voice as you can ask when multitasking, particularly in the bedroom or bathroom as you start your day.

8. Okay Josh, I’m Home
This is a scene that often triggers lights, shades, music, and more. This is a great scene for installers to suggest to clients, as it’s easy to say, easy to remember, and can be quite powerful.

7. Okay Josh, Goodbye
More popular than “I’m Home,” the “Goodbye” scene is often spoken to shut everything off in the house.

6. Okay Josh, close the shades [closely followed by “open the shades”]
Shades control is the #6 most popular command in 2020, followed shortly by opening them. Motorized shades are a huge part of our industry, and voice control makes it incredibly simple to adjust on the fly.

5. Okay Josh, what time is it
Also a very common one, like the weather, voice control for the time remains a very popular command.

4. Okay Josh, Good Morning
The 4th most popular command in 2020 is Good Morning, a common scene for starting the day. The Good Morning scene can trigger lights, shades, music, TV, and more. This year conditional logic was also introduced, so the Josh Good Morning scene, for example, can do something different depending on the day of week, time of day, weather, or other factors.

3. Okay Josh, turn off the lights [closely followed by “turn on the lights” and honorable mention to just “Lights”]
Lights remain one of the most popular commands in the home, with “turn off” being more common than “turn on.” Josh also introduced the ability to simply say “lights” to toggle from off to on or on to off depending on state.

2. Okay Josh, turn off the TV [closely followed by “turn on the TV”]
The #2 most popular request — and the most popular device control — was for TV power, with turning off happening more frequently than turning on, a theme we’ve seen with all device type control.

1.Okay Josh, Good Night
The most popular voice command of 2020 is “Good Night,” suggesting a total home shut down is the most common command spoken this year.

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