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Amazon’s smallest smart speaker proved to be her biggest hit this season, selling more than any other product under all manufacturers. The diminutive Dot is sold in the “millions” the e-commerce giant revealed on Tuesday, but as usual the company refused to offer a specific number. It is sold out, and not back in stock until January 2, according to the product page.
“Echo-devices is a very popular gift this year,” Amazon said in reference to the growing line-up of smart speakers in addition to the Dot also contains the updated Amazon Echo, the big Echo Plus, and the Echo Place.
The hands-free voice-controlled devices to communicate with Alexa, the built-in virtual assistant that allows you to access information, play music from your library, make calls, listen to audiobooks, and control smart home devices, and much more.
Collectively, Amazon sold “tens of millions” of Alexa devices worldwide, make this holiday season better than ever for the family of the Echo products.”
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With all those smart speakers going around the country on christmas day of the year, it will not surprise you that the most requested song via Alexa was “Jingle Bells.” On the subject of music, Amazon said the East Coast “was more in the spirit of the holidays this season,” the making of 2.5 times the number of requests to Alexa holiday tunes as the west coast.
Of course, there is a fair bit of drinking going on, also with the virtual assistant is asked to the mix of “tens of thousands of cocktails” over the holidays. Martini and Manhattan were the most popular drinks amongst the nation’s drinking partners, Amazon said.
And clearly happily for a number of holiday season giggles, Alexa was asked dozens of millions of times” by owners telling jokes over the last couple of weeks.
Amazon will be happy with the seemingly strong performance of the smart speakers over the holiday season as it seeks to generate interest in smart home gadgets and grab the attention of consumers before they go for competing devices from the likes of Google and Apple. While Google ‘ s Home, Home Mini, and the Home of Max devices are already available for purchase, Apple delayed the December launch of the HomePod, to announce in place of “the beginning of 2018.”
If you are interested in getting yourself a smart speaker, but are yet to take the plunge, take a moment to check out Digital Trends’ useful article comparing three devices from Amazon, Google and Apple.