Amazon.com Inc. is developing a premium Echo-like speaker with a
screen, a sign the world’s largest online retailer is trying to
capitalize on the surprise success of its voice-controlled home
gadgets and fend off competition from Google and Apple Inc.
The new device will have a touchscreen measuring about seven
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, according to two
people familiar with the matter. This will make it easier to
access content such as weather forecasts, calendar appointments,
and news, the people said. They asked not to be identified
speaking about a product that has yet to be announced.
The latest Amazon speaker will be larger and tilt upwards so the
screen can be seen when it sits on a counter and the user is
standing, one of the people said.
Interesting — but unsurprising — to see Gurman getting scoops about companies other than Apple.