New Echo release – 3 things Amazon must fix to beat the next Google Home


There’s some big news coming this week from Amazon with the online retail giant expected to announce a swathe of new Echo devices. September has become a traditional time for new Amazon devices to be revealed and the firm announced last week that it be holding an event on Thursday, September 24. As with previous years, Amazon has done a good job keeping its news under wraps but here’s three things we’d love to see coming to the Echo speaker.


It’s something we’ve been asking for for a while and it’s surely time Amazon considered launching a more portable speaker that’s powered by a battery.

The current range all need to be plugged into the mains which means you can quickly grab them and transport them to another room or your garden shed. A portable Echo would be hugely popular and it might be an important update as rumours suggest the next Google Home could arrive without a power cord.

Google has its launch event later this month with the firm already teasing images and a short video of a device which gets a totally new look and one very exciting new feature.

Firstly, it comes in a new pastel blue colour and it seems that the device can be stood up on its end or laid flat on surfaces. This design is similar to the premium Home Max speaker which can also be placed in a portrait or landscape mode. The short video also appears to show the speaker being picked up and moved around the home without any power cable being attached.

Fingers crossed, Amazon will also have a battery-powered Echo waiting in the wings.

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Amazon keeps making small improvements to the Echo and Echo Dot but they still aren’t the greatest when it comes to audio. The 2019 Echo did receive a boost which gave it the same audio quality as the more expensive Echo Plus. However, there are still betters-sounding smart speakers on the market.

Admittedly, the US firm did launch its Echo Studio last year which does have a much-improved sound but it’s also far more expensive.

The Echo and Dot remain the most popular speakers because of their incredible value for money. If previous years are anything to go by we can expect this new range to be louder and clearer. will be bringing you all the news live from Thursday night’s event and it could be a gdaget-packed evening.

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