Per the Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com Inc.AMZN is planning to launch a portable version of its Internet-connected, voice-controlled Echo Bluetooth speaker.
Codenamed "Fox", this version of Echo will "fit comfortably in the palm of a user's hand, like a beer can" according to the report. It will cost lower than the $180 price tag of the normal-sized Echo.
Going by the reports, the portable Echo can be recharged using a docking station. However, the voice commands will be restricted to "push-button". This means that the user will have to press a button on the device to enable voice commands. This feature has been included to enhance battery life.
Released in 2014, Echo has made a name for itself. From Oprah's Favorite Things List to Mashable's pick for best tech product of 2015 - it has won hearts everywhere.
Initially though Echo had limited features, it has now gone on to become a hub for the smart home.
Since its launch, Amazon has allowed developers to integrate Echo's voice assistant, Alexa with many devices and services.
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