From Bloomberg Technology:
Amazon.com Inc. is developing a premium Echo-like speaker with a screen, a sign the world’s largest online retailer is trying to capitalize on the surprise success of its voice-controlled home gadgets and fend off competition from Google and Apple Inc.
The new device will have a touchscreen measuring about seven inches, a major departure from Amazon’s existing cylindrical home devices that are controlled and respond mostly through the company’s voice-based Alexa digital assistant, according to two people familiar with the matter. This will make it easier to access content such as weather forecasts, calendar appointments, and news, the people said. They asked not to be identified speaking about a product that has yet to be announced.
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High-grade speakers will make the gadget sound much better than current Echo devices, this person also said. Amazon’s new device is scheduled to be announced as soon as the first quarter of 2017, this person added. Amazon, based in Seattle, Washington, declined to comment.
Link to the rest at Bloomberg Technology
Amazon has already announced that voice-controlled devices – Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote and Echo, all featuring Alexa were, along with Fire tablets, the best-selling products from any manufacturer across all of Amazon on Thanksgiving weekend/Cyber Monday – so doing more in that area would seem to be a no-brainer.
Around Casa PG, Alexa is definitely better-informed on most subjects than PG is.