Amazon expected to unveil new 'style assistant' today

We have heard rumors that Amazon is working on a new Echo device that could feature a touchscreen display.

The adoption of voice assistants more than doubled from 2015 to 2016, with 15 million Amazon Echo devices sold a year ago, according to Parks.

Amazon's new Echo Show is widely expected to feature a 7-inch touchscreen above an Alexa-equipped speaker, adding voice and video calling to its existing smart home feature set.

The idea for a smart digital display isn't new: The Chumby attempted to perform similar functions almost a decade ago, but ultimately the technology wasn't quite there yet. The news comes just days after Amazon released the Echo Look, a camera-based style assistant powered by Alexa. About 71 percent will use Echo devices, with the Google Home speaker trailing at 24 percent.

E-commerce giant Amazon is expected to take the wraps of its touch-screen Echo smart assistant today.

The Amazon Echo Show costs $229.99 and will ship to customers from June 28th. This allows designated users to make a call with the unit offering ten seconds for a receiver to reject a call or select audio only. Now we've got information that Amazon is indeed introducing a new smart speaker with a screen.

Consumers want to use voice to control both entertainment and smart home devices, based on a new study. Microsoft's upcoming Invoke will match a premium Harman Korman speaker with Cortana.

In comparison, Google Home is expected to account for nearly three times less market share with 23.8%. The Windows maker could launch the device at the end of this year.

More than 35 million Americans will speak to these internet-connected speakers at least once a month this year, more than double the number in 2016, with tech-savvy millennials leading adoption, the EMarketer said in its first forecast of the burgeoning market.

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