Amazon Echo 2 will reportedly come with a pretty makeover to take on Apple HomePod

How many Echo apparatus is too many? How dare you even ask.

Amazon is reportedly planning to release another Echo after this year, based on Engadget. Adding a different Echo into the lineup would bring the total amount of Alexa-enabled smart speakers to five (six if you count the Tap speaker), and it would be the third new one to start this year.

The new Echo will reportedly come with quite a few developments over the standard Echo. Feb Engadget, the new smart speaker will be smaller regarding how big three Echo Dots piled together and will include rounder edges and a new cloth-like exterior, mirroring the Google Home and Apple’s forthcoming HomePod.

Amazon is also reportedly improving the sound quality by including several tweeters. Alexa may also see improvement in better far-field microphones.

Not bad! A bigger, prettier design to contend with Google Home and far better sound to punch right into HomePod’s gut.

The only thing the new Echo would have to fend off its competitors would be a kickass cost. In all fairness, Amazon can sell the new Echo for the same $180 cost today and do well.

The big question is, just how a lot of people will care to substitute their first Echos? A colleague just asked me on Prime Day if he needs to get the Echo or Echo Dot. I advocated the Dot and told him to simply connect it to a Bluetooth speaker for improved sound.

The Echo is not a system that has to be updated annually, kind of like a TV. There is no need to substitute the Echo when most its AI is cloud-powered, and can be updated on the backend.

Amazon recently released the Echo Show with a 7-inch touchscreen and the Echo Look is rolling out as an invite-to-buy product after this year.

So again, we ask, how many Echos is too many? Even Amazon might not know. The strategy seems to be to keep pumping them out in different rates. If you continue buying ’em, they’ll keep selling ’em.

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