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Amazon plans big push for voice control service

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 05:50
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SMART MOVE: Google's vice-president of product management Mario Queiroz showing an Echo-like home speaker.

Seattle

AMAZON surprised a lot of people when its Echo, a US$180 smart speaker, became a hit, giving them a novel way to play music, switch on the lights in their homes and set thermostats with voice commands.

Amazon, though, has much bigger plans for the technology behind Echo. It