sold out of its voice-activated Echo speakers

According to online retail giant Amazon's latest product listings, the company has sold out of its voice-activated Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot speakers. Amazon had recently announced heavy discounts on both the speakers, to pose a challenge to the newly launched 'Google Home' product with similar functions.

According to Amazon's latest listings, the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot speakers are currently out of stock at the company. The stock of the $180-priced Echo will not be replenished on before January 19, 2017; whereas the Echo Dot speaker will not available from the company until after Christmas Day, December 25.

However, though Amazon is currently sold out of its Echo speakers, the company's spokeswoman Kinley Pearsall has said that the device may still be available Amazon bookstores in San Diego, Portland and Seattle; as well as at some bigwig retail stores, including Best Buy, Staples, Lowe's, Sears and Toys "R" Us.

The stock-out of the Echo speakers on highlights the fact that it is quite difficult to accurately predict demand for the holiday shopping season

With the shortage of Amazon Echo speakers apparently showing that voice-activated assistants are becoming increasingly popular with customers, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said that the Echo speakers are sold out "because of demand, and demand is high because it's a spectacular product."