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Amazon Leak Exposes Echo AI Device With Touch Display and FireOS ( 36

MojoKid writes: Today, an image of what could be a touch-screen Amazon Echo device has emerged. Like the earlier Echo Look leak, the image of the device was found on Amazon's servers, just waiting to be discovered. The new Echo device is reportedly codenamed "Knight" and will be revealed later this month. It will also take its place as the flagship of the Echo family, likely surpassing the $179.99 MSRP of the original Alexa-powered AI speaker. It should be noted that the image leak lines up with previous reports we've seen regarding a so-called flagship Echo device. Late last year, we learned that the device would feature a 7-inch touch screen, and that it would have integrated speakers that are superior to those in the original Echo. There's even a built-in camera at the top of the device, which could be useful for video conferencing. It was also mentioned that the Echo device will run Amazon's FireOS and respond to verbal commands and spoken questions, just like current Alexa devices. Amazon is also reportedly testing a feature that allows users to pin items such as photos on their speaker's screen akin to physically placing items on a "refrigerator door."
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Amazon Leak Exposes Echo AI Device With Touch Display and FireOS

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  • by mentil ( 1748130 ) on Saturday May 06, 2017 @05:31AM (#54366635)

    7" touch screen? Camera and better speaker than an Echo? Runs Fire OS? Likely $199+? Almost certainly runs ARM. Tell me again how this is different from a Fire tablet.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Included wall mounting? Justifies a $200 markup

    • Actually, it runs off of an Intel processor (an Intel Atom x5-Z8350).

      And 7" Fire tablets are pretty cut-rate. This is surely built to a higher quality. For the most obvious thing, the speakers are obviously going to be much better.

  • Hooray (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Cornwallis ( 1188489 ) on Saturday May 06, 2017 @05:44AM (#54366659)

    Making Orwell's Telescreen more cuddly...

  • Fuck privacy. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by geekmux ( 1040042 ) on Saturday May 06, 2017 @07:03AM (#54366835)

    "There's even a built-in camera at the top of the device, which could be useful for video conferencing."

    So, the always-listening device sitting inside people's homes is now outfitted with an always-watching feature. Color me surprised that the Alexa generation would welcome this shit too.

    Since most of us do video conferencing from a smartphone or tablet which is far more portable, I'm failing to understand why we need another device to do this. I suppose next years model will come with a SIM card too; you know, so everyone can replace that cheap landline they used to have with the e-hipster kitsch flavor of the month.

    • I fail to see why you need to wonder why this thing is, when your subject line covers it in two words. It's more surveillance in your home. YOU are the product, and Amazon, like so many other companies these days, considers you not only the product, but a useful idiot, because people are lining up to pay for the surveillance device they'll have operating in their homes 24/7/365, that now will not only listen, but watch everything in it's field of view. Years ago I used to taunt people who saw no problem wit
  • Maybe Amazon ought to call it a "Telescreen" and use "Orwell" for its "wakeup word", as thats EXACTLY what it is.... There will be one of these in my home over my cold dead body...

  • by TheFakeTimCook ( 4641057 ) on Saturday May 06, 2017 @08:47AM (#54367103)

    This is counter-PR pushed out BY Amazon to counter Apple's Phil Schiller participating in an interview where he said that a "Voice Activated Smart Speaker could benefit from a Screen" [].

    Considering that every time I browse something on Amazon, it appears magically in banner ads EVERYWHERE I browse, and yet, every time I browse something on Apple's site, it, er doesn't, I'd say I trust Apple to actually produce a device that doesn't spy on you.

    But this "Leak", coming in the heels of the Schiller interview earlier this week, is no accident, or lapse of security.

    And if it is, remember this is the same company that's handling your "overheard" Alexa audio...

  • I would pay much more for a device that constantly listens to me and sends all my conversations and data directly to Amazon and whoever else pays them to access it. MUCH MORE.
  • With words such as "leaked," people should know better. It's a bullshit term used to trick half-wit techies into clicking on an ad while feeling "cool" about it; it's their version of "lit." Amazon or any other company with an ounce of intelligence wouldn't let information of a new product sit on a server to be easily discovered unless it was intentional. Hasn't anyone noticed the "leak" ratio between competing companies? Microsoft "leaks" a laptop and then Amazon just happens to "leak" their new product. A
  • I thought they were spending all their Android-related effort to fuck up the Fire TV stick, lately. They just "updated" the interface to make it even more annoying. They made navigation less obvious and half the time I have to wait for the dashboard to load twice because the banner ad doesn't load the first time, and the dashboard is now first and foremost an ad-delivery system.

    Fuck you sideways, Amazon, I am never buying another one of your advertising delivery devices. My next streamer will be a Roku, and

    • They seems to be rather brain-dead when it comes to designing interfaces. The new Xbox Amazon streaming app was re-designed a while ago, and of all things, they managed to screw up the transport controls. All they had to do was copy any one of the dozen other examples out there, but they apparently had to be "special".

  • Sony made the big one, Chumby the little one I have. []

    I actually miss these things working properly. I've seriously considered redoing the insides to something a bit more modern.

  • So Amazon leaves this on a public-facing server after having already been "burned" by an "accidental" leak in the same way? Uh huh.
  • This isn't new.

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