Supposedly an announcement in imminent in the coming weeks. Early chatter suggests Amazon's second generation Echo speaker, code named Fox, will be smaller and portable. To put it in context, the current generation Echo measures 9.25 inches high and has a diameter of 3.27 inches. It's a slick looking device, albeit one that must be plugged in.
It's also said that Fox could be cheaper than Echo, the latter of which debuted at $200 and now sells for $180. Giving Fox a lower cost of entry could help Amazon grow its userbase, which in turn could open up interesting opportunities and partnerships in the future.
You can already use Echo to restock to shop online and restock previously purchased items, and it also works with several smart home products and brands, like WeMo, Philips Hue, and Samsung SmartThings, to name just a few. By getting Fox into more homes, Amazon can entice more partners and developers to jump on board.
That all assumes buyers are willing to compromise. In exchange for a lower price, portability, and battery life, it's said that Fox will only respond to voice commands after pressing a button. Whether or not that proves a deal killer, we'll have to wait and see.