Amazon said to plan Alexa speaker with 7-inch touchscreen for 2017 – TechCrunch
Amazon could follow-up the early success of the Echo and Echo Dot with a new Alexa-powered premium speaker that includes a 7-inch touchscreen that can be tilted to different viewing angles for easier use in the kitchen, according to a new Bloomberg report.
The speaker would include voice-based assistant Alexa, just like the existing Echos, but the inclusion of the screen is designed to make accessing information like weather, upcoming appointments, news â€“ and likely recipes â€“ easier when using the device while itâ€™s positioned on a counter and the owner is engaged in other tasks.
Amazon creating an Echo with a screen would be a departure from its current approach to Alexa devices. Third-party device Nucleus is a touchscreen enabled Intercom that includes Alexa, but itâ€™s made using Amazonâ€™s API, not by the company itself.
The Bloomberg report says that the visual OS powering the display will be a modified version of Fire OS, the Android fork it uses to power its Fire tablets. Users will be able to pin items to the device screen, sort of like using a digital magnet board or refrigerator notepad, according to Bloombergâ€™s sources, and the device will cost more than any of the current Echo speakers.
Still, a single, premium device with a tablet isnâ€™t going to tank Alexaâ€™s fortunes overall, even if it doesnâ€™t work out as a blended experiment of mixed interaction modes. Thereâ€™s no guarantee this will ever ht the light of day, but it makes sense that Amazon would be working on ways to capitalize on the promise of Alexa.
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