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Amazon's Echo 2 tipped to launch as an affordable Apple HomePod lookalike

Amazon's Echo 2 tipped to launch as an affordable Apple HomePod lookalike Amazon's Echo 2 tipped to launch as an affordable Apple HomePod lookalike
Kayla Schwartz | 13 July, 2017, 23:50

"Prime members in the UK have loved Prime Day, in fact the day was our biggest day of the year so far and by 9pm customers had already ordered more items than Prime Day last year", Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr said. Almost 24% of consumers own a voice-controlled device, while another 20% plan to purchase one in the next year, according to digital marketing firm Walker Sands.

This is in contrast to the Amazon Echo, which is built around the interactivity of talking to AI assistant Alexa.

A source who saw a working model of this so-called Amazon Echo 2 spilled the details to Engadget, and the smart speaker sounds to be a significant upgrade over the two-year-old Echo now on the market that also comes in a smaller package.

Following on from Apple's unveiling of the HomePod at WWDC in June - its own take on the smart speaker genre, but is heavily focusing on "reinventing home music" - reports in the USA suggest rivals including Amazon are already looking to improve ahead of the HomePod going on-sale at the end of the year. Inside, the device will have several tweeters instead of one for improved sound. Let's be honest, the Echo line is pretty junky looking.

DC Zoo Welcomes Sumatran Tiger Cub
The zoo says keepers watched the birth via a closed-circuit camera and that the cub appears to be nursing and behaving normally. Damai has given birth once before, in 2013, to twins (Sumatran tigers typically have a litter of between one and three cubs).

There are now Echo models with touchscreens in tow, as well as cameras, not to mention ultra-low-cost pint-sized versions and a portable Tap derivation. It was opened to Amazon Prime members from thirteen countries all over the world including the United States.

But there are some key unanswered questions here, the most important being pricing. The Echo is $180. The current Echo has just one large tweeter and a woofer; whereas, the HomePod has seven tweeters. A lot of the Echo fans I speak to have gone out and bought a bunch of the products, in attempt to blanket their home with Alexa.

In this regard, the Amazon Echo 2 will be both shorter and slimmer than the original.

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