Amazon Expected To Launch Smaller, Cheaper Echo

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Last summer, Amazon Launched Echo, its voice-controlled smart device that talks to you, lets you add items to your shopping list, and gives you information, music, news, weather, etc.

The device has sold pretty well (which must be a relief after the failure of the Fire Phone), and the company is reportedly readying the next version, which will be smaller and cheaper.

A report from The Wall Street Journal says:

In the coming weeks, Amazon expects to release a smaller, portable version of its voice-activated tabletop Echo speaker, building off the device’s surprise success, according to people familiar with the plans.

The Pringles-can-sized Echo, which must be plugged into an outlet, answers questions, creates shopping lists, plays music and can even turn connected lights on and off upon command. The new portable device is expected to sell at a lower price than the $180 Echo in part to draw more buyers, these people said.

In November, Amazon Echo was added to the inventories of 3,000 stores throughout the U.S. including The Home Depot, Staples, Sears, Brookstone, Radioshack, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son, and others.

The Echo was the number one best seller across all $100+ products available on on Black Friday.

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