Apple (AAPL) Stock Closed Lower, Explores Creating Device Similar to Amazon Echo - TheStreet

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple (AAPL) - Get Report  is creating a product similar to Amazon.com's (AMZN) Echo smart home device, Bloomberg reports, citing sources. 

The device would be based on Apple's Siri voice assistant.

Product development began more than two years ago, according to Bloomberg. The device has gone through the research and development phase and is now in prototype testing. 

It would be used to control appliances, locks, lights and curtains using voice activation.

Google parent company Alphabet (GOOGL) is also working on a similar device called Google Home. 

Apple's device will be different from Amazon Echo and Google Home in that it's expected to have more advanced microphone and speaker technology, Bloomberg added, citing sources. 

Shares of Apple closed down on Friday after a note from the European market research firm GfK reportedly said Europe iPhone 7 sales were down 25% during its launch weekend compared to year-ago iPhone 6 sales. 

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