Smart speakers continue their worldwide boom, with almost 29 million devices shipped in the third quarter of 2019 -- up 45% since last year, according to a report by Canalys Wednesday. Amazon accounted for the highest number of these, shipping 10.4 million Echo devices for an annual growth of 66%. But on the flip side, Google shipped 40% fewer smart speakers, reaching only 3.5 million in Q3.
Jason Low, Canalys senior analyst, credited Amazon's Echo upgrade program and its Prime Day sale for the boost. Alibaba meanwhile ran collaborations with Starbucks, Budweiser, Oreo and more retailers to boost the Tmall Genie; and he said to increase sales of its .
Amazon launched the original Alexa-based Echo five years ago, and most recently updated the line with the . This latest smart speaker comes with Dolby Atmos and a Fire TV hookup, selling for $200.