Amazon also said the $30 Echo Dot was the No. 1 best-selling product over the 2017 holiday season from any manufacturer out of the millions of items available in its online store - but didn't say how many were sold. Twice as many Fire Sticks (the less-sophisticated version) were purchased this year - but usage of Alexa on the higher-end Fire TV devices was 889 percent year-over-year in the U.S. Note that Amazon only resumed selling Apple TV devices last week after a two-year hiatus - and the Apple TV 4K set-tops sold out within hours. The company's voice assistant software became the number one downloaded app during the holiday. With a subscription, members get same day, one day or two day delivery of certain products. The Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, and TP-Link Smart Plug Mini were the most ordered items via voice.
Customers shopped hundreds of Deals of the Day on Amazon.com throughout the holiday season.
It was a particularly good season for Amazon's devices.
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The most requested song from Alexa during the holidays was "Jingle Bells". So far the company has focused on making moves to optimize those operations rather than cutting back its benefit.
It looks like a lot of people tried out Amazon's Alexa on Christmas. The last same-day Prime Now order in time for Christmas, which brought toys, art supplies and other gifts, was delivered within 58 minutes, at 11:58 p.m. on Christmas Eve in Baltimore, MD, the company said.
"The more that Amazon cannot just get its Echo devices out there, but get its Alexa technology embedded in a variety of things, including cars, that'll be the long-term win", Mark Mahaney told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Tuesday. "They will spend about $20 billion this year on shipping".