Google is building competitor to the Amazon Echo Show, says report

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It will let you make video calls, leverage Google Assistant, view Google Photos, and watch YouTube videos.

Having a hub inside the Echo itself means that you no longer need this additional hub plugged into your router.

Granted I'm not such a big fan of the Echo anyway, but adding a screen to a dedicated virtual assistant box seems like creating devices for the sake of it.

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.

Another reason is that both Amazon and Google are pushing their smart home speakers aggressively, but the Amazon Echo is ruling the market and is far ahead of Google Home.

The device, internally codenamed "Manhattan", will have a similar screen size to the 7-inch Echo Show, people familiar with the matter told the tech site.

Amazon also announced Echo Buttons (small, Bluetooth-based buzzers for use with games), the Echo Connect (a device for turning home phones into speakerphones) and a partnership to bring Alexa into some of BMW's vehicle portfolio.

The company revealed newly designed, shorter Echo, giving the device its first major upgrade after introducing it almost three years ago.

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 new Echo includes Dolby Audio and a dedicated bass tweeter to help the device compete with the higher-end, audio-focused speakers from Sonos and the forthcoming Apple HomePod. Smart home camera support on Fire TV now works on a range of devices from companies including Arlo, Ring, Nest, and August.

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.

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.

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

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