It was a Green Christmas for Amazon as Alexa-enabled Echo devices sold extremely well

It was a Green Christmas for Amazon as Alexa-enabled Echo devices sold extremely well
Retailer Amazon is wrapping up a prosperous Christmas shopping season with sales of its Echo devices up 9 times over last year's figures. Overall, Amazon had its best Christmas ever led by devices like the Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablet and the Amazon Echo; all of these products ended up on the company's best-seller list during the holiday shopping season.

Mobile sales continue to play a bigger part in the company's holiday sales every year. In 2016, 72% of Amazon customers used a mobile device to make some purchases over the holiday season. Shopping on the free Amazon app rose by 56% year-over-year, and on Cyber Monday, 46 electronic devices were ordered every second using a mobile device.

The Amazon Echo devices allow users to activate Alexa by voice. The old gal lives in the cloud, ready to give you information about the weather, sports scores, news and more. And that is barely touching the surface. In fact, during the holidays:

  • Alexa helped mix hundreds of thousands of cocktails this holiday season with Tom Collins and Manhattans being the most requested drinks from skills like The Bartender, Mixologist and DrinkBoy.
  • Chocolate chip and sugar cookies were the favorite recipes from Alexa skills like Food Network and Allrecipes.
  • Home Alone and Elf were the most requested holiday movies with Alexa.
  • Alexa helped play millions of holiday songs this year, and the top songs were Jingle Bells (1999 - Remaster) by Frank Sinatra, All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey and Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano.
  • What was Alexa asked to cook? The most popular cooking tips requested on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were turkey, prime rib and chocolate chip cookies.
  • Who played the most holiday music with Alexa? Customers in Seattle, New York and Chicago asked “Alexa, play holiday music” more than any other city in the U.S.
  • Who turned on Christmas Lights the most with Alexa? Customers in Seattle, San Diego and New York asked, “Alexa, turn on Christmas lights” more than any other city in the U.S.
  • What games were the most requested with Alexa this holiday? Alexa entertained families with popular games like Jeopardy!, Twenty Questions and The Magic Door.
Amazon has some competition in this space with the Google Home. Microsoft will also offer its own Echo competitor next year, powered by Cortana. It will be sold in a housing that includes Harman Kardon speakers. Microsoft clearly hopes to use premium sound quality to differentiate its product from the others.

Still, Amazon has a time advantage having been first to market, and it continues to add third party features. With the competition from Google and Microsoft, Amazon apparently won't even get a second to savor the success of Echo as it continues to work on giving Alexa more capabilities for 2017 and beyond.


source: Amazon via SlashGear

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9 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31060; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My wife's secret Santa bought her one, and it's actually pretty tight. She has the little hockey puck looking one.

5. Unordinary unregistered

We were just gifted a Google Home - it's being very loved in our living room :)

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31060; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There's a lotta potential in the products.

2. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I went with the Google Home. My mom got Alexa and it does seem pretty cool.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Up 9 times from the previous year... Woah, Amazon is swimming in cash now. I still haven't decided on whether to get the Echo/Echo Dot or Google Home.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22084; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm really happy that I bought an Amazon Echo Dot. It's incredible, and gets better and better with every update. Amazon certainly has as winner with its Echo devices. One thing I would like to see going forward is deeper integration of Alexa in Amazon's products like their tablets, which I'm sure will happen since Amazon has put Alexa on their tablets.

6. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

The echo dot has the advantage over everything else because of the price. Its only $50. Microsoft and Apple are going to have a hard time catching up.

7. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

I'm returning mine. It constantly replies with it can't understand.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm still not seeing the point. Honestly to me they still seem like a gimmick.

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