Google reportedly working on a smart screen speaker codenamed Manhattan

Amazon debuted several new products this week including a new smaller cheaper Echo retailing for $100 in the U.S

Amazon debuted several new products this week including a new smaller cheaper Echo retailing for $100 in the U.S

TechCrunch notes that the search giant was previously working on devices with big screen sizes to take on full-sized televisions, but now, it is focusing on the Google Manhattan device.

Amazon is also adding higher fidelity equipment to the next-generation Echo in an apparent response to the HomePod. The new Echo Spot also comes with a support for Amazon Alexa so you can command to it and it will does the same thing. However, some functionalities were missing on the Echo Show; for example, Echo Show users can not subscribe to channels or see related videos. The new smart speaker will have the standard Google package on board, including YouTube, Google Assistant, the ability to control smart home devices, and support for video calls.

Amazon announced Echo Spot, the newest addition to the Echo family.

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If that sounds like something you'd find useful, then the Amazon Echo Look might be the smart device for you, otherwise you'd nearly certainly be much better served by one of the other models on this list.

The sources claim that the project, codenamed Manhattan, will involve a device with a similar size to the 7-inch display now found on the Echo Show. The HomePod, though, will cost three times more than the next-generation Echo at nearly $350. Basically, it's an alarm clock that come with tiny 2.1-inch screen to let users perform video calls or monitor their security cam footages.

Texas Instruments (TI) and Intel are the two other chipset suppliers for Amazon, said the report. That means it can interact with a bevy of connected devices without the need for learning new skills.

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Of course, Google likely sees such a device as a way to get additional exposure for their own products and platforms.

Considering Google is still trying to optimize and develop the Google Assistant, the recent reveals secured Amazon the top spot in the race.

Although Google wants the device to launch in 2017, it's very likely that the company will have to settle for a 2018 release date. One important difference, however, is that Google's "Manhattan" would be able to play YouTube videos, a feature that Google just pulled access to from the Amazon's Echo Show. An Amazon statement following the service interruption said that "Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers".

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