Amazon Drops New Echos; Google Making Higher End Home ‘Max;’ Next LED iPhones May Be Bezel-less, Too

Amazon rolled out 2nd generation Echos yesterday, and they’re shorter by half, have a dedicated bass speaker, and are on sale for $99. Theverge.com reports that you can also pick up a 3 pack for $250, so you can have multi-room coverage. The new Echos can also make free calls to the US, Canada, and Mexico. If you just want the calling, Amazon also dropped a $35 gadget called Connect.

With the new Amazon Echos, upgraded Sonos speakers coming, and the Apple iHome looming in December, Google isn’t sitting on its hands, either. According to bgr.com, there’s an upgraded Google Home in the works called the Max. It will be a higher end version with so-called premium sound to compete with the Sonos and iHome. Since the Pixel 2 phones are supposed to roll out next week, maybe Google will tease the Max or even show it.

The iPhone X will be out in November in very short supply, and now we’re hearing the phones for next year may not all go to OLED screens like it has…Apple may stick with LCD for it’s lower tier phones. 9to5mac.com says Apple is working on a new form of advanced LED panel that will give the phones a near bezel free design like the OLED iPhone X has. Since LED screens cost less, it will help keep the price down on the successor to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

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4 Comments on “Amazon Drops New Echos; Google Making Higher End Home ‘Max;’ Next LED iPhones May Be Bezel-less, Too”

  1. I’m a bit curious about why Amazon decided to enter AI market, they are originally an online retailer, and how did they found a way to develop their own AI?

    • clarkreid says:

      I presume they did it by hiring really smart engineers and scientists. That’s the usual way.

      • But isn’t that weird? An online retailer stepped their foot on AI criteria?

      • clarkreid says:

        Considering that most of the big tech companies believe that AI and augmented reality are going to merge and be the next major operating system, which will be used for commerce, communication, and running virtually everything, it doesn’t seem all that strange. What better way to figure out what you might buy before the fact and nudge you into it than artificial intelligence that will practically read your mind?


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