According to a new report, Amazon could use next week’s hardware and services event to show off a new soundbar for TVs, a 15-inch Echo smart display, second-generation Echo Auto devices, and new wearables.
The report comes via Bloomberg which has gathered information about some of Amazon’s upcoming projects from its Lab126 division. If that name sounds familiar, it’s the division that created the original Echo and Echo Show devices, and is often hard at work building the next generation of flagship products.
Among the devices we’ll reportedly see at next week’s briefing are a large-screen display that can function as both a home control panel when mounted on a wall, or a large-screen tablet in the kitchen when mounted on a mount.
The device looks like it will share the same DNA as smaller Amazon Echo Show devices, but may have a special capability to help you track your Amazon packages on their journey to your doorstep.
Also on the docket is a smart soundbar — something that other third-party companies already produce — but Amazon’s in-house model is potentially similar to Facebook’s Portal Go devices with a built-in camera for video chat. may come.
Lastly, the Bloomberg report mentions more vehicle integration and a possible second-generation Amazon Echo auto device that could be mounted on the dashboard. The move could make Amazon a bigger player in the automotive space, which has been largely dominated by Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.
Analysis: Keep your eyes peeled for Amazon news on September 28
As Nerdshala reported earlier this week, Amazon will be holding its annual hardware and services event on September 28 at 9 a.m. PST / 12 noon EST / 5 p.m. BST.
While Amazon is not making a livestream of the event available to the public, it has invited several mainstream technology publications that will publish the news when it becomes available.
How much Bloomberg’s reporting will be visible on Tuesday is still a matter of debate. Amazon’s only likely going to be showing off what might be sold before the end of the year — it doesn’t really show off its products that long.
That being said, we bet there will likely be a 15-inch Echo Show screen as we’ve heard rumors about it from last year, as will the Alexa soundbar. The soundbar would make a nice pair with the Amazon-branded Omni TV that the company announced earlier this month and makes sense given Amazon’s past experience developing speakers.
As always we’ll listen to everything with a grain of salt — but, if we know one thing, it’s that you can count on some decently sized announcements on Tuesday afternoon, so keep your eyes peeled when the news falls. Be sure to keep
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