Bloomberg said a new "higher quality Echo speaker" will be announced this year, which is in line with what the company has done in the past. The company could also be developing Alexa-enabled earbuds similar to Apple's AirPods, as a previous report from Bloomberg had also indicated.
Reports about Amazon's home robot first emerged early past year. Vesta is described as possibly being a mobile Alexa gadget, in that it could follow people to corners of their homes where there may not already be an Echo device.
We're all getting used to smart speakers in the home, but would you be as accepting of a smart robot?
As of now there no further details about Amazon's home robot, but there is a chance the company will reveal some details of it in September, when it usually hosts a big product reveal event at its Seattle headquarters. Amazon has reportedly pulled engineers from other projects to work on Vesta, as it readies it for release. Amazon is additionally arranging a high-constancy variant of its music administration, as indicated by Music Business Worldwide that should work better with the new Echo.
EMarketer predicts that Echo will win over approximately 63% of US market share this year (Google is at 31%). The HomePod isn't selling as well as Apple expected, and the company recently dropped the price.
Amazon is also reportedly experimenting with other new form factors for its Alexa assistant beyond the Echo and the other devices now available.More news: Embattled Labor Secretary Alex Acosta stepping down
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Temi is a waist-high robot which uses Alexa for voice commands.
Echo Dot Kids, $44.99 (originally $69.99) [You save $25]: Features a kid-friendly version of Alexa, parental controls, and a year of FreeTime Unlimited (Amazon's educational content subscription).
An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment.
If the report is true, Amazon's home robot will be an interesting product.
The revamped Echo Dot has a new look, with rounded edges, and packs more punch, with a 1.6-inch driver delivering 70-per cent-louder audio than the previous model. However, it is also possible that Amazon will never release a high-end Echo. The company is looking to regain ground lost to premium smart speakers that offer better sound.