Google is reportedly working on a new Assistant-powered smart speaker, this time equipped with a screen, to compete with Amazon’s Echo Show.
According to TechCrunch, the device — codenamed “Manhattan” — would have a “similar screen size” to the 7-inch Echo Show, and work as a smart home hub other than a speaker.
The screen would also support apps: Think Google Photos, Duo, Google Keep, or, most notably, YouTube (the device will apparently run Android).
Just days ago Google removed the YouTube app from the Echo Show’s catalogue, instantly making Amazon’s tabletop less appealing.
The Mountain View firm didn’t explain in detail the reason why the app was pulled, citing a generic violation of its terms of service.
TechCrunch’s report says that Google was working on larger-screen products that would compete with full-size TVs, but is now more heavily focused on Manhattan.
The device was initially scheduled to launch some time in the first half of 2018, but the unveiling of the Echo Show seemingly put a lot of internal pressure, with Google trying to get it on the market before the year’s end.
Google is hosting its annual hardware event next Wednesday (October 4), so there is a chance that the company will at least let us have a first peek at Manhattan then.
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