Amazon reportedly shipped 5m Echo speakers in 2016
Amazon keeps its Echo sales figures close to its chest, like many other stats around its business. Today we’ve got a new estimate for those sales though, courtesy of research firm Strategy Analytics. It claims that Amazon...
June 20, 2017
Amazon cracks down on Alexa-like ads for Echo
Amazon has made tentative moves recently to help developers start to make money from their Alexa skills, developed for the company’s Echo devices. However, Amazon is also cracking down on one of the early attempts by...
June 19, 2017
Report claims 35.6m Americans will use smart speakers in 2017
Smart speakers like Amazon Echo speaker and its Alexa assistant have been getting plenty of music-industry people excited about its potential to provide new ways to discover and listen to music. With the launch of Google...
May 8, 2017
Apple reportedly not building Echo-style ‘Siri machine’
The tech and media industries have always been full of people with firm ideas about what Apple should build next, from smart TVs to VR headsets. And now smart speakers, thanks to the popularity of Amazon’s Echo and its...
February 21, 2017
Amazon hails ‘voracious’ media consumption of Prime members
Amazon published its latest quarterly financial results last night, with net sales up 22% to $43.7bn, and a net profit of $749m for the final quarter of 2016. For the year as a whole, Amazon’s sales were $136bn, while...
February 3, 2017
Study claims 14m Americans are using an Amazon Echo
The latest estimates suggest that Amazon may have sold more than 7m of its Echo speakers so far globally. Now research firm MusicWatch has published a study gauging the devices’ audience in the US. “Based on the 15th...
February 2, 2017
Analyst: ‘Amazon Echo has broken into the mainstream’
With sales of Amazon’s Echo devices heading steadily towards the 10m mark, research firm Slice Intelligence has gathered some interesting data about the demographics of Echo buyers. It says that Echo ownership is much...
January 26, 2017
Amazon Echo sales up 9x this Christmas
Amazon stuck to its policy of carefully-vague figures in its end-of-2016 sales announcement, saying that it sold “millions” of devices using its Alexa voice assistant. Meanwhile, sales of its Echo speakers were “up...
January 3, 2017
Amazon tipped to add a touchscreen to next Echo speaker
Amazon’s current Echo devices are almost all about voice commands, although you can also control them from a smartphone, tablet or computer via Bluetooth. It seems the next Echo may add another interface: a built-in touchscreen....
December 7, 2016
Report claims Amazon Echo has sold 5.1m units in the US
Amazon has sold 5.1m units of its Echo speakers in the US alone since the first device debuted in late 2014, according to research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The company claims that around 2m of those sales...
December 5, 2016
Amazon launches Music Unlimited streaming service in the UK
Amazon has taken its Music Unlimited on-demand streaming service across the Atlantic, launching it in the UK a month after its debut in the US. That’s a quicker hop across the pond than its predecessor Amazon Prime Music...
November 14, 2016