Amazon reportedly working on high-end Echo smart speaker, Alexa-powered home robot

Amazon reportedly working on high-end Echo smart speaker, Alexa-powered home robot

The company also launches individual (generally less-anticipated) products throughout the year.

The Echo, which went on sale in 2015, will get 63% of the US market this year, as per EMarketer. Audio quality isn't all that great on Echo speakers - a point competitors like Google Nest Hub, Sonos, and Apple's HomePod all like to point out in their marketing. However, in spite of Amazon's efforts to build the highest market share, Google is still taking lead with around 31% share. The HomePod isn't selling just as Apple expected, and the organization as of late dropped the cost.

Amazon has previously attempted to improve the Echo's sound with tweaks and offered a standalone subwoofer and device that links the speakers to a stereo. The company is looking to regain ground lost to premium smart speakers that offer better sound.

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. The company could also be developing Alexa-enabled earbuds similar to Apple's AirPods, as a previous report from Bloomberg had also indicated. The Echo range will also receive minor updates this fall, says Gurman's sources.

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An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment.

The robot, reportedly codenamed Vesta, is purportedly being developed by Amazon Lab126 - a research facility based in Sunnyvale, California. Bloomberg reports that while the robot isn't ready for mass production, Amazon recently brought in engineers from other projects to work on it, suggesting a push for commercialization. People familiar with the project speculated past year that the Vesta could be a sort of mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don't have Echo devices.

A prototype for the Vesta robot is said to be about "waist-high and navigate with the help of an array of computer-vision cameras" and have wheels. During a demo, an engineer is said to have summoned the robot with his voice.

Interestingly, while Amazon has yet to confirm Vesta, its chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos, once posted an Instagram photo of an Echo speaker taped to a Roomba vacuum.

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