Google is working on a tabletop smart-screen for the video calls and more which will be a major competitor for the Echo Show of Amazon. This new device can help Google to keep its position on top of the race of smart-home market, after the release of Echo Show and Facebook is continuing work on its video calling screen with codename ‘Aloha’.
The sources reported that this new device by Google has internally been codenamed as ‘Manhattan’ with having a similar size of screen as the Amazon’s 7 inch Echo Show. The device also supposed to offer Google Assistant, video calling, YouTube and Google Photos. It can also act like a smart hub, which will able to control several smart home devices as well as Nest.
The company was previously working for the devices with larger screen to compete with the full-sized TV. But, currently most of the focus of company is glued on the new Manhattan device. The targeted launching date is said to be in the mid of 2018.
This upcoming Google’s device will be supported by a version of Android and will make it easier to build more applications, for the third party. Netflix is the app for which the company is looking forward with a particular interest to run it on the Manhattan device. Since, the price and exact look of device has yet to be revealed by the company.
Recently Amazon said in a statement to The Verge that, “Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers. There is no technical reason for that decision.”
In response, Google stated that, “Amazon’s implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience.”