Google to produce smart speaker with screen to take on the Amazon Echo Show

Google to produce smart speaker with screen to take on the Amazon Echo Show
After the surprising success of the Amazon Echo created strong demand for the new product category known as the smart speaker, Google launched its Echo challenger last November. With Google Assistant in the role of the virtual personal sidekick, which is held by Alexa on the Echo devices, the Google Home came to market on November 4th, 2016. The latest data show that Amazon controls more than 70% of the smart speaker market with Google accounting for roughly 25%.

Just the other day, Google pulled YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show. This is the version of the Echo that features a 7-inch screen. Google claimed that Amazon had removed the ability for users to subscribe to channels, and also eliminated the autoplay option. Making those changes unilaterally allowed Google to pull the streaming video app from the Echo Show. Conspiracy theorists, however, will probably get a kick out of the latest rumor that has surfaced just days after Google pulled YouTube from the Echo Show.

The new Google smart speaker will sport a 7-inch screen similar to the Amazon Echo Show pictured here

The new Google smart speaker will sport a 7-inch screen similar to the Amazon Echo Show pictured here

The buzz around the water cooler is that Google will be producing a new smart speaker code named "Manhattan." This model will have a 7-inch screen attached, similar to the Echo Show. Pre-loaded content will include YouTube, Google Photos and possibly Netflix. Users will be able to make video calls. Like Google Home, this product will be able to control the smart devices and appliances used in a house such as televisions and stereos, locks, lights, thermostats and more. To make it easier for developers to build apps for the product, Android will be pre-installed.

Google originally planned to release this new smart speaker in the middle of 2018. But with new competition soon to be launched in the form of the Microsoft Invoke, a smart speaker from Sony and the Apple HomePod (expected to launch in December), Google might decide to speed things up so that it can launch the device earlier than expected.

There is the possibility that Google could reveal more info about the "Manhattan" on October 4th. This coming Wednesday, Google is planning on unveiling the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL.

source: AndroidAuthority

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12 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Who is waiting for apple's homepod?

3. surethom

Posts: 1588; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Way to expensive even for most Apple users. The sales will be good but would be way more if was £100 cheaper.

5. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

It's not expensive, it will be more advanced than others.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

How could it possibly be more advanced? It would only be speakers with Siri in them and Siri is trailing behind Google Assistant by years of development in regards to functionality.

7. izim1

Posts: 1591; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Because it's sold by Apple. That's their logic. You dont know this by now?

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Forgive me, for I am a fool who dreams of a day where everyone uses reason.

11. ibend5

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Ignore him, He's just clueless apple fanboy.. Check his comment at phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S8-units-update​d-to-Android-8.0-beta-are-now-supporting-updated-S​amsung-Pay_id98501

9. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

They were first to bring AI in smartphones, things will change with few updates

10. ibend5

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Yeah, Siri is the oldest and the dumbest among all AI assistant..

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, you're using the term AI very loosely there buddy. Besides, isn't Apple's defense for jumping on trends late "Well, we wanted to take the time to do things right"? I guess you could say that about Google this time around, they let Apple take the lead only to show them how to properly do AI shortly after. But if you don't like that logic, then Android was the first platform to incorporate front-facing cameras, NFC, expandable storage, fingerprint scanners, face unlock, wireless charging, modularity, HD resolution, LED displays, USB Type-C, flexible displays, shatterproof displays, near bezel-less displays, widgets, video previews in the Play Store, multitasking/split screen, stacking Bluetooth transmitters to allow for simultaneous streaming of music to multiple headphones... and the list goes on... and on.... and on... forever. But by all means, brag about Apple doing something first.

2. surethom

Posts: 1588; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I hope they do announce if on Wednesday evening it's a mock up otherwise they will loose sales to Amazon expecially here in the UK although Google is notoriously bad at releasing outside America.

4. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Google is copying again.

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