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Apple could refresh its Apple TV streaming box in order to take on Amazon's Echo home speaker.

That's according to a report from VentureBeat. Earlier reports said Apple was working on a home device to take on Amazon's Echo, but VentureBeat's sources say this will come in the form of a new Apple TV.

The Amazon Echo is a home speaker that comes equipped with Alexa, Amazon's personal assistant. This is just like Siri in that it can find you information, play songs and so on just by you asking it.

Alexa is more advanced than Siri because it can hear you over background music. Many Apple TV owners have been underwhelmed by the Siri integration in the latest Apple TV, which only launched last autumn.

According to VentureBeat's report, the new box will fix the current Apple TV's Siri problems and enhance functionality.

"They want Apple TV to be just the hub of everything," the source said.

It would make sense, rather than launching a whole new product category. Sadly, owners of the current Apple TV won't see the same functionality, as it will require "additional computing infrastructure" that only new hardware can bring.

Google is also getting into the home personal assistant game with Google Home, its lounge-based speaker. Looks like the dream of robot butlers just got one step closer to reality.

Source: VentureBeat

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