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Prototypes of the cylindrical speaker are wider than the current Echo to squeeze in additional components including at least four tweeters, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss an internal matter. However, it has lost some ground to the Sonos One, Apple Inc.

Amazon may be putting extra resources into a home robot project. However, in spite of Amazon's efforts to build the highest market share, Google is still taking lead with around 31% share. Hopefully the new Echo speaker Bloomberg reported on will meet expectations when it comes to sound quality.

Not just that, Bloomberg also reported that Amazon has ramped up work on a home robot named Vesta.

Amazon is also reportedly planning to start selling voice-controlled earbuds to rival Apple's AirPods as early as this year.

As noted by CNBC, Amazon typically releases its biggest products in September at its Seattle headquarters.


Releasing a new version of the Echo that is created to take advantage of the better audio could help the company do just that, and Amazon could possibly make the service a part of its Prime subscription, which means people wouldn't have to actually spend any extra money on using it, they would simply need a speaker that was capable of meeting the hardware requirements to output the higher quality sound. However, there have been delays, as the machine isn't quite ready for mass-production. Bloomberg's description of Amazon's home robot is somewhat similar to an existing product from a startup called Temi.

An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment.

The waist-high robot moves around on wheels, uses computer-vision cameras and may be a mobile version of Amazon voice assistant Alexa, according to Bloomberg, which cited anonymous sources familiar with the project. There is talk of Amazon developing an Alexa-enabled robot that could follow users around the home, like a puppy (but without the pee puddles in its wake).

It's unclear whether Vesta will actually make to market, but Bloomberg reports that engineers have been pulled off other products and assigned to work on the bot. "What?!" he wrote. "Found this in the living room when I got home".

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