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Google developing an Amazon Echo Show competitor

01 October 2017, 12:29 | Rudolph Thomas

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Google Manhattan

Confused? We don't blame you.

Google's rumored "Manhattan" device will be an Amazon Echo Show competitor that will run a version of Android. For now, Amazon has a big lead, capturing seven out of every 10 smart speaker customers in the United States, according to eMarketer. In one instance, Amazon showed how a family might play a game like Trivial Pursuit using the buttons to chime in for answers. The new Amazon Echo is already available for sale and you can purchase it from Amazon's official website. This also included an Echo Connect box.

The company also released the 3rd Generation of their streaming device known as the Fire TV.

Under the hood, however, there have been a number of improvements made.

Amazon also added a premium version of its Echo device priced at $150 that can act as the central controller for home automation gear like connected light bulbs and window blinds. As such, having the edge in AI sophistication and interoperability with smart home devices could prove key to staying ahead of the competition.

The second major improvement is the addition of Dolby processing, which should provide a boost to the device's sound. The Connect has two dedicated jacks.

It is claimed Google initially had its focus on a television-sized device, bringing all of its aforementioned services into the living room. The Verge goes on to explain that YouTube on Amazon's smart screen device doesn't include YouTube features such as subscriptions, next video recommendations, autoplay, and so on - a lack of these features would violate the YouTube API TOS.

A picture is worth a thousand words after all. If you're after YouTube videos however, then you might be out of luck.

Also, the Echo Spot comes with an integrated front camera which you can use to make free video calls. According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), the Echo enjoys a 76% market share in the United States, compared to 24% for the Google Home. eMarketer reached a similar conclusion, it said in a recent report. Same screen size as Echo Show.

This smaller screen means the device is less useful as a video-watching device (although this is still supported). The device allows users to take voice and video calls, give voice commands, play media and more.

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