This week Amazon boosted its Echo line up to nine specific devices, perceivably filling the need for every possible use case.
Now it appears the company might be adding a touchscreen to the equation in order to compete with the Amazon Echo Show.
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According to TechCrunch sources, the device will have a 7-inch touchscreen enabling access to YouTube, Google Photos, Duo video calls and the Google Assistant.
The report says it’ll also act as a smart home hub, a la the Google Home itself, but with touchscreen controls for things like smart lights and locks.
Before the end of 2017?
It’ll apparently run Android, which will make it easier to add existing apps. Perhaps tellingly Google revoked the Echo Show’s access to YouTube this week.
The sources say the device, codenamed Manhattan, was originally scheduled for mid-2018.
However, given the Echo Show’s presence (Amazon just released it in the UK following the US-only launch), there’s now ‘internal pressure’ to get Google’s rival out this year.
Incidentally, Google has an event on October 4 where we’re expecting to see the new Pixel phones. The Google Home Mini and Max are also candidates for an appearance.
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