Google Reportedly Developing Its Own Amazon Echo Show Competitor Codenamed 'Manhattan'

Amazon announces new Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Spot
Google developing an Amazon Echo Show competitor: Report
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01 October, 2017

Having a hub inside the Echo itself means that you no longer need this additional hub plugged into your router. But it's still day one, and today we're making Echo and Alexa even better.

Fitted with Amazon's second-generation far-field microphones, the Echo Plus comes with Dolby surround sound for a better experience.

The screen can also stream a video feed from compatible smart cameras, and contains a camera of its own that you can view a live feed of from the Alexa app.

There's a chance, though, that YouTube will eventually become available on the Echo Show. Reportedly, user can access YouTube, video calling, Google Assistant, and Google Photos on the device. Google is among them-it launched its voice-activated Google Home smart speaker a year ago, and while it trails the Alexa-powered Echo in overall functionality, updates to the device have added features over time.

Amazon is a leading player in the young smart home market and it likely wants to use all these Echo devices to solidify that position before its competitors can catch up.

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The company revealed newly designed, shorter Echo, giving the device its first major upgrade after introducing it almost three years ago. This is quite a powerful box which lets you place your phone calls to landlines or stores your contacts numbers to Amazon Echo.

Apart from all these new Amazon Echo lineup, there is a new Echo Connect also introduced by the giant.

It unveiled a new version of its Fire TV player that will stream 4K video similar to its predecessor, but will sell for $70, down from $100 previously. The price of the device is yet to be exactly known.

Google would rather exclusively support it on its own device. Though it might get released in 2018 as Google is now looking to partner with smart hub manufacturers like Best Buy Geek Squad and Enjoy for home installation. A category launched by Amazon, whose Echo Show put "intense internal pressure" on bringing the Google product forward to 2017. Plus, with the new multi-room music feature, you can play your favorites throughout your home, with synchronized music across all of your Echo devices.


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