Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Amazon planning 'high-end Echo'? But it already has one…

Amazon Working on High-End Echo to Compete With Apple HomePod Amazon Prime Day - Upto 50 per cent off on Alexa smart home devices
Emmett Howard | 17 July, 2019, 11:28

Second, and much more interesting in my view, is news that Amazon is working on a home robot. Bloomberg reports that while the robot isn't ready for mass production, Amazon recently brought in engineers from other projects to work on it, suggesting a push for commercialization.

A new report today by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says prototypes of the speaker are wider than the current Echo speaker, allowing the inclusion of additional components, including at least four tweeters. A report last April noted that Amazon is interested in creating home robots that provide access to the company's Amazon Alexa voice assistant, no matter where you are. Bloomberg is reporting that Amazon is building a new Echo that will offer premium sound.

The organization intends to launch the new Echo probably next year, as per individuals acquainted with the product. But it has lost some ground to the Sonos One, Apple Inc. Alexa is about the waist-high, navigate with the help of an array of computer vision cameras and also responds to voice commands.

The Echo, which went on sale in 2015, will grab 63% of the USA market this year, according to EMarketer. The new products give Amazon a greater reach than ever before. The HomePod isn't selling just as Apple expected, and the organization as of late dropped the cost. Google has done quite well for itself with a market share of 31 percent.

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A hint about an Amazon robot came a few months ago.

Amazon has previously attempted to improve the Echo's sound with tweaks and offered a standalone subwoofer and device that links the speakers to a stereo. "Not saying that'd be dumb-but it's also sort of pointless to shell out hundreds of dollars if what you're getting is basically the equivalent of sticking an Echo speaker on a Roomba".

That new Echo is bigger than what we've now got in part because it needs space for more hardware.

A new smart speaker with better audio quality: Amazon's new Echo device will reportedly have higher audio quality than its existing speakers.

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