Amazon Developing an Echo Speaker With Touchscreen ➝

Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg: Inc. is developing a premium Echo-like speaker with a screen, a sign the world’s largest online retailer is trying to capitalize on the surprise success of its voice-controlled home gadgets and fend off competition from Google and Apple Inc.

The new device will have a touchscreen measuring about seven inches, a major departure from Amazon’s existing cylindrical home devices that are controlled and respond mostly through the company’s voice-based Alexa digital assistant, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Based on what I’ve heard from Echo owners, the kitchen is where these devices really shine. I wonder if Amazon will position this touchscreen model as the ultimate kitchen computer, with cook books from the Kindle Store and food shows from Amazon Video.