Amazon’s next Echo display might be a wall-mounted control panel – Ben Patterson

Amazon’s Echo smart displays are great for showing off family photos, streaming videos, flipping through recipes and scanning weather forecasts, but I don’t love them for smart home control. Yes, you can ask Alexa to turn on the lights or adjust the temperature, but drilling down on your various devices on the actual display requires too many taps and swipes.

That’s why I’m intrigued by the latest buzz from the Amazon grapevine: a slimmed-down, Alexa-enabled screen that would be mounted on a wall and function more like a control panel than an all-purpose smart display.

The word comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has a solid track record when it comes to Amazon and Apple leaks.

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