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Google may rush out its home hub to scupper Amazon's Echo show Google's so-called 'Manhattan' device will take on the Amazon Echo Show
Cecilia Poole | 30 September, 2017, 04:27

More supply chains for AI-based voice assistant devices and smart speakers have begun to emerge as almost all heavyweight tech companies including Google, Apple, Samsung Electronics, Amazon, Microsoft and China-based Alibaba, Xiaomi Technology and Tencent all have jumped on the bandwagon, according to industry sources. TechCrunch claims that one service Google engineers are particularly keen on is Netflix, though simply having YouTube would be a step up from what the Echo Show has to offer. Although Google was said to be eyeing mid-2018 launch, but Echo devices are making the company nervous, hence the haste in the release.

What's more, this new smart speaker will apparently be running Android on board, which will make it easier for developers to create new apps. Although there is not much clarity on what "premium" actually means, it is probable that the Google Home Max will be metal instead of plastic. The "Manhattan" product, then, would give Google customers another reason to stick with Google-made home devices, despite the allure of Alexa playing jams and displaying song lyrics on the Echo Show's screen.

Amazon has announced a number of hardware components recently where they have announced the all new Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Spot in the technology market.

Are there already too many of these devices on the market?

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Friday. For its part, is expected to debut a smaller Home speaker and a pair of upgraded Pixel smartphones on October 4.

The two sources say the device will have YouTube, Google Photos and video calling, as well as all of the smart home features of the Google Home - meaning voice commands will see it interact with Nest thermostats, August door locks, Philips Hue light bulbs and more.

In case you missed the event, we have listed all the major announcements down below.

The Amazon Echo Spot is a miniature version of the Show.

The Echo Show was originally launched with YouTube support, Google blocked the YouTube access on Show citing violation of terms of service. Code-named Manhattan, it would take on the Echo Show directly.

Also, the Echo Spot comes with an integrated front camera which you can use to make free video calls.

Read the full report about Google's plans to build an Amazon Echo Show competitor here.


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