You simply mention a bunch of words. As I understand you, your TV hub concept is similar to the smart TV concept. Where is the evidence that people even want notifications on their TVs? Video and audio calls on the TV fine, but text messages? Are there really people interested in ecommerce on the TV? Apple couldn’t seem to find them with the Apple TV. They really tried to sell the idea of home shopping! WeChat is popular exclusively on mobile devices, so I don’t see the point.
So even if the Echo Show was a precursor to … what, an Echo Fire TV? Nobody has ever succeeded in that space. Ever.
BTW, that’s no more just a technological discussion but brings to social and economic considerations of our societies (someone could mention #idiocracy) …
And how would that someone add anything to this discussion?
Even if we would posses the technology of a real GAI (General purpose artificial intelligence) to make chatbots able to go into an intimate dialog with users and a mutual awareness, people (see Amazon consumers) would happy to use this fantastic technology?
If you ask me, that’s not a provocative but a nonsensical question. Are you asking if people would be happily using this technology? People don’t use technology for technology’s sake, they use technology to accomplish a job to be done. So whether a Sam-like AI is adopted by the mainstream depends on how it would improve their lives — which primarily comes down to good design.
The company have the power to fully reverse the nowadays trend with mobile phones, to converge consumers activities in itself. And Amazon Echo Show is a perfect symbol and prototype of this return to a television-like “centralization” (you say “stactionary”, I instead say “family-centric”).
The company has to reverse the mobile-centric modern lifestyle, because Amazon completely blew its smartphone attempt. Whether they can achieve this is completely open for now, and the Echo Show has done absolutely nothing yet. In any case: how exactly does the Echo Show translate into your vision of a family-centric TV hub? It’s got a 7" screen.
BTW, I’m from Italy and you are right, landline phones are dropping fast, but in Italy majority of families own an house phone, and any serious company own at least one landline phone (in a physical office…).
That’s great for the companies that are already invested in home phones. But it’d be crazy for any company to enter that market now, or even focus on it. It’s already disrupted by mobile phones.
Mobility is just a part of the whole, Amazon want all consumers: on mobility as at home!
Those are not separate consumers. Those are largely the same consumers. The phone is the primary computer and entertainment system for many people, and it’s going to be tough to tell them they need something additional at home. I think the best approach is cloud based for mobile and home devices, and Amazon already has the FireTV for the home. The Echo is a fantastic device, but the Echo Show has to prove itself first.