Google is building an Echo Show competitor, codenamed 'Manhattan'

Oct 01, 2017, 00:33
Google is building an Echo Show competitor, codenamed 'Manhattan'

Several sources have confirmed to the TechCrunch that Google is working on a smart table top device and has codenamed it as Manhattan.

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.

This is about to change, as Amazon is letting some developers test out the ability to send sound and light-based notifications to your Amazon Echo. The all-new Echo and Echo Plus deliver better sound, all new far-field technology, and new features we think customers will love.

The line-up was completed by the "Echo Spot", incorporating a 2.5-in screen for hooking up to camera feeds and making video calls. Echo Spot delivers everything you love about Alexa with a smaller design and the added convenience of a circular screen so that Alexa can show you things.

Earlier this week Alphabet Inc's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google suddenly removed YouTube streaming video service from, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Echo Show smart speaker.

Amazon's Echo Show is a 7-inch smart display with Alexa support. This will be lining up in the market alongside the updated new Echo speaker and the already available Echo Show and Echo Dot devices.

Alexa can talk to you and play music directly on Echo Spot through the built-in 2W speaker.

"We want to make sure we are building a product that everyone can use", said David Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices and services.

According to sources speaking to TechCrunch, Google is working on its own Echo Show competitor. Smart home camera support on Fire TV now works on a range of devices from companies including Arlo, Ring, Nest, and August. 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. To be priced at $130, so far the Spot only has USA release in the pipeline (December 2017). 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.