As Alexa continues to command its place in the home, it's opening the door for the smart home ecosystem to flourish.Consumers warmed to smart home devices including smart plugs, lights, and doorbells, coinciding with the rise of Alexa-powered hardware during the holiday season, which are often used to operate smart home devices.
Additionally, the developer of the "Setup For Amazon Alexa" is One World Software and has other apps on the App Store such as "Marketplace - Buy\Sell" and 'Any Font for Instagram'. In the US alone, more than 1 billion items were shipped for free using Prime, Amazon said in a statement Wednesday.
In addition, this holiday season, tens of millions of customers started Prime free trials or started paid memberships. As a Christmas gift, a lot of people got Alexa or Amazon's Echo Dot 2 wireless speakers.
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Amazon.com reported a record-breaking holiday season as nowadays shoppers loaded their online baskets with the items from the Echo Speakers to Calvin Klein clothes, suggesting the consumer optimism is not being deterred by a tumbling stock market. The statement continued, "2018 brought record sales for smart home devices, and its own Echo Dot smart speaker was one of the best-selling items".
Smart home tech, in general, is picking up momentum.
Despite the disruptions and bad press, Alexa was the most popular app in the Apple App Store and Google Play store on Christmas Day, so apparently people are still willing to trust Amazon's service. The e-commerce giant had the same news to report about its holiday sales past year. Glam Glitter Series Doll with 7 Surprises, Nerf-n-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster, Melissa & Doug Scratch Art Rainbow Mini Motes with Wooden Stylus, Crayola Inspiration Art Case and LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs Toy. Each mobile and desktop platform has its own first-party app store, and there are also third-party app stores like Amazon's. The crash happened only in Europe with Amazon devices working properly with Alexa in the United States with no complaints from the customers. Also, if you're looking to setting up your Alexa, make sure that you're downloading the official app that is developed by AMZN Mobile LLC.