Amazon Working on High-End Echo to Compete With Apple HomePod

According to latest reports by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says models of the speaker are more extensive than the present Echo speaker, permitting the consideration of extra parts, including in any event four tweeters.

"People familiar with the project speculated a year ago that the Vesta could be a sort of mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don't have Echo devices". That's what led to Apple and Sonos' entry into the market - with both firms using their audio expertise to develop a smart speaker that consumers actually wanted to listen to.

Second, and much more interesting in my view, is news that Amazon is working on a home robot. In fact, it would appear most users who buy an Amazon Echo don't care about audio quality at all, as the company's most popular smart speaker is the Echo Dot. Though the robot is not ready for mass production, Bloomberg cautioned, Amazon is pulling engineers off other projects to work on the initiative, a potential sign that momentum is building. The company also launches individual (generally less-anticipated) products throughout the year. Apple's HomePod hasn't sold as well as Cupertino had hoped, recently prompting the company to lower its price.

As noted by CNBC, Amazon typically releases its biggest products in September at its Seattle headquarters. Alexa is about the waist-high, navigate with the help of an array of computer vision cameras and also responds to voice commands.

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An Amazon representative declined to comment.

Given that the Echo speaker line-up covers just about any use case, including devices for the vehicle (Echo Auto), home stereo (Echo Link), nightstands offices (Echo Spot), streaming videos (Echo Show, Echo Show 5) and placing in rooms around the home (Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot) it makes sense that CEO Jeff Bezos and team would finally address this product gap.

Other similar home robots were decommissioned in 2018 including the Jibo and Kuri. It's unclear exactly when Amazon plans to introduce the new Echo, but we will probably see it sometime this Fall, which is when the company is also expected to introduce minor updates for the rest of the Echo line. "What?!" he wrote. "Found this in the living room when I got home".

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