It Looks Like Google's Making its Own Echo Show Competitor
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Sep 29, 2017,
Sep 29, 2017, 23:54
The smart screen speaker will run on Android, which will allow third-parties to build apps for it and it is reported that the company is planning to introduce Netflix on it as well. It's not a stretch to imagine that Google would be working on a version of their Home smart assistant with a screen, if for no other reason than to keep pace with Amazon.
The first Echo device to be equipped with a screen, the Amazon Echo Show is able to show you a wealth of information that would be impossible on a regular Amazon Echo. Several sources have confirmed that the project exists and is codenamed "Manhattan". With the addition, Echo devices are now taking the bold step of jumping into smart home control rather than just voice controlled smartphone-aided utilities. We literally carry portable computers around in our pockets every day, and they can do everything these devices have been shown to do and more. The device has more or less the same feature as seen in a regular Echo only with a 7-inch display.
In case you missed the event, we have listed all the major announcements down below. Google is reportedly talking to Best Buy's Geek Squad and Enjoy for home installation, suggesting the product will not be as portable as the Echo Show.
According to The Verge, Amazon recently unveiled six new devices that are meant to get their voice assistant, Alexa, everywhere. It's understandable why Google would want to replicate its success. If you want to receive calls from regular numbers, you'll need the new $35 Connect box that Amazon unveiled on Wednesday, which also allows you to use your home telephone number for Echo calls and dial emergency services like 911 or premium rate / worldwide numbers. Of course Google's version will have YouTube, where the Echo Show has lost that capability - at least for the moment.
There is also a smaller version available for the Echo Plus which is nearly half the size of the original and you can get one for yourself now for about $99.