Report says that Amazon Echo 2 will copy Apple's HomePod design

The smart speaker that started the craze, the Amazon Echo, is getting long in the tooth. And while Amazon recently launched a new model called the Echo Show that includes a 7-inch touchscreen and the capability to make and take phone calls, the original Echo is due for a upgrade. According to a report published Wednesday, the Echo 2 will resemble Apple's HomePod smart speaker that was introduced last month, but won't launch until December.

That means that the Echo 2 will be shorter, pudgier, and be covered in material. The addition of several tweeters will improve the sound quality of the speaker, and to better hear what users are saying, the microphone technology will be upgraded. Currently, seven microphones spread throughout the device enable it to hear you, even from a distance.

The smart speaker will activate your smart appliances, give you the latest news, sports scores, stock reports and the weather. It will also stream playlists from compatible music apps, and do much more. After Amazon's greater than 70% slice of the pie, the Google Home is the next most popular model with over 20% of the market. Launching later this year is the Microsoft Invoke, comprised of a premium Harman Kardon speaker and Cortana. Samsung will combine a speaker with its Bixby AR technology, and Apple's HomePod combines a Beats or Apple speaker with Siri.

The Amazon Echo 2 will have some leeway when it comes to pricing. That is because Apple will be charging $349 for its HomePod, which it considers a premium home based audio system. The original Echo was priced at 50% off ($89.99) during Monday and Tuesday's 30-hour Amazon Prime Day sales event. The unit is now once again offered at its regular price of $179.99. We could see the Echo 2 launch in October, just in time for Amazon to grab some sales relayed to the 2017 holiday shopping season.

source: Engadget

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7 Comments

1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

of course they will. how else will you sell your product if it's not looking like the successful HomePod.

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Successful?? Dude, do you even know the meaning of it?

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Why are people obsessed with Apple designs? First the trash can mac pro and now this toilet roll speaker thing?

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Seems like you watch MKBHD

3. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

So were you just waiting for Apple to release something so you could copy it? Come on, be yourself.

4. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

So why didn't PA acknowledge that Apple is copying the Echo by introducing a smart home speaker? Why always make it look like others are copying Apple all the time and never the other way round? Apple copy all the time. But they prefer to call it stealing. Steve Jobs is on record saying, "Picasso had a saying; he said, "Good artists copy, great artists steal." And we have, you know, always been shameless about stealing great ideas." http://gizmodo.com/5483914/steve-jobs-1996-good-artists-copy-great-artists-steal Apple has been copying/stealing ideas from others "shamelessly", over and over again, but brainwashed media pundits continually try to convince us that Apple innovates and others copy. Sorry, some of us shall not be brainwashed, regardless of how many times you attempt it.

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

No one said that Apple innovated the Smart Home Speaker. Except you. Grow up. And get over it.

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