Amazon says it sold nine times more Echo devices this holiday’s voice-activated artificial-intelligence devices were the stars of this holiday, the e-commerce behemoth said Tuesday. Amazon said the Echo family of devices sold by the “millions,” at a rate nine times greater than last year’s holiday season. The Echo is a home speaker through which Amazon’s customers interface with Alexa, a voice-activated assistant. A smaller version, which connects to speakers, is dubbed the Echo Dot. “Echo and Echo Dot were the best-selling products across Amazon this year, and we’re thrilled that millions of new customers will be introduced to Alexa as a result,” Jeff Wilke, the head of Amazon’s consumer division, said in a statement. Amazon’s comments come amid increased competition in the artificial-intelligence arena from Alphabet’s Google, which recently launched a home speaker that’s similar to the Echo, and…

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