Amazon’s Echo steals a march in the race for artificial intelligence

It came and went so quickly that one could easily forget it ever existed, but it was only two years ago that Amazon released its own smartphone. Developed in the web retailer’s secretive “Lab 126”, a Silicon Valley subsidiary 800 miles south of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, the “Fire Phone” was applauded for its ideas, which included a 3D screen effect made possible by an elaborate four-camera system. However, it proved to be a commercial flop. Tied to Amazon’s own operating system – a flawed stepbrother of Google’s dominant Android software – and with a premium price tag that disappointed those familiar with the company’s reputation for aggressively-thin margins, it failed to mount anything approaching a challenge to Apple or Google in the smartphone wars. And regardless of the Fire Phone’s…


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