Amazon Echo Could Be Getting an Unplugged Mini-Me

The Echo is part speaker, part personal assistant.

— -- Amazon's tremendously popular Echo, which is a hybrid between a speaker and a personal assistant, may be getting a smaller, more portable sibling, according to a report this week.

While the current tube-shaped Echo is perfect for keeping in the living room corner or plugged in on a counter, the Wall Street Journal reports Amazon is set to release a slimmed down version of the speaker that will ditch the power cord.

An Amazon representative told ABC News today that "as a matter of company policy we don’t comment on rumors and speculation."

Announced without fanfare in November 2014, the Echo has been a surprise hit for Amazon. The device is capable of hearing voice commands from across a crowded room due to seven microphones that can recognize voices coming from any direction. Enhanced noise cancellation lets the device still do its job as a speaker while listening like a good personal assistant would.

Using the "wake word" Alexa, users can ask their speaker everything from the weather to playing their favorite song or telling a joke. Echo can even be set up to control the smart devices in a user's home, allowing them to turn on their lights with a simple prompt.

Amazon has also extended its Alexa technology into other products with its $100 million Alexa Fund, which is set up to encourage developers to create new experiences based around the human voice.

A new update this week also shows how Echo can entertain users and keep boredom at bay. Users who have the latest update can get a game started by saying, "Alexa, start Jeopardy."

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