Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks the Amazon Echo is the “next big platform for the near future.”
In an interview with CNBC Wozniak said the device is delivering a new level of freedom.
“It’s become such a wonderful part of our life, not having to lift anything up and speak to things, and just speak to it anywhere across a room,” he said. “That is such a luxury and freedom.”
“I fell in love with speaking because I hate to memorize,” the Apple founder said. “With the Amazon Echo, you can just say, ‘Send me an Uber,’ and it does it.”
The Echo launched in 2014 and has been a sleeper hit for Amazon. The company recently began heavily promoting the device in TV commercials and other ads.
The Echo has become a cult hit that is regularly sold out on Amazon’s website.
Amazon released two new Echo speakers last week: the Echo Dot, which is a smaller version of the first Echo, and the Amazon Tap, a portable version.
Wozniak also talked about his love of Apple’s virtual assistant Siri, “I fell in love with speaking because I hate to memorize … because you know how apps change, they change it this year and things you memorize don’t work the same.”
The devices range in price from $89.99 for the Echo Dot to $179.99 for the full-sized version. You can pick up the Amazon Tap for $129.99.