It's been a while we are hearing about the next-gen Amazon Echo speaker. As per a report published in Wall Street journal in May 2016), the technology giant was working on a voice-activated tablet-like computer screen.
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This turns out to be true in some ways as the latest reports suggest that the next version of Amazon Echo speaker will indeed feature a giant 7-inch touch display.
As per Bloomberg, the next-gen Amazon Echo will feature a touchscreen measuring about 7-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.
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Amazon's purpose to integrate a large display on a smart home speaker is to make it easier for users to access content such as weather forecasts, notifications, calendar appointments, and news.
Further, the reports hints towards a speaker that will be larger and tilt upwards so the screen can be seen when it sits on a counter and the user is standing. The net version of Amazon Echo will feature high-grade speakers to offer a better audio experience than the current Echo devices.
The Bloomberg's report also mentions that the new Amazon Echo speaker will use an optimized version of Fire OS, which powers up Amazon's Fire tablets and Fire TV set-top box. Besides, Amazon is also testing a feature that will allow users to pin items such as photos on their speaker's screen like we tend to physically stick items on a refrigerator door or a bulletin board as reminders.
The next-gen Amazon Echo speaker is scheduled to be announced in the first quarter of 2017.