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Surveys conducted by Edison Research and NPR say that 36 million adults in the US own a smart speaker powered by assistants from Google or Amazon. Alexa, presumably because of its two-year head start, has a big lead here.
Amazon already has a great Music Unlimited Black Friday deal available for new subscribers, with many discounted Echo and Fire devices also on the way.
The Tap's currently the same price as an original, refurbished Echo speaker at this point, but only for a limited time...
The Amazon Tap still requires a tap of the microphone button in order for Alexa to start listening to requests. But it won't in the coming weeks.
The Echo Dot won't be available to order for about a week while those getting the Echo must suffer a month's wait. Google Home may prove the alternative.
Just because it's a different day doesn't mean it can't feel the same way. Plenty of the same rock solid discounts are on the schedule for next week.
But the first one you should probably ask to your Echo, Echo Dot, Tap or whatever Alexa-enabled device you have is: "Alexa, what are your deals?"
Starting on Friday, you can dictate your texts to Alexa and have her send it to any one of ten important contacts. AT&T is the first to offer such a skill.
Along with Fire and Echo devices already confirmed for Black Friday deals, Amazon will sell many other products at low prices through December 22.
Technically, the $50 Alexa-powered Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker isn't officially out yet. But it's almost definitely coming (very) soon.
Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond are bringing the big buck blow-offs to some Bluetooth bellow-blasting speakers against Amazon.
Amazon Prime members can get heavily discounted Huawei phones and smartwatches, as well as Echo and Tap smart speakers for the next 24 hours (or less).
A refreshed mobile payments app for Windows 10 Mobile will likely bring NFC functionality in the form of Tap to Pay. And it works right now.