Step aside, Amazon Echo. Word is that Google plans to launch its own smart speaker with a screen.
Citing unnamed sources, Nikkei Asian Review on Friday reported that Google is the Echo of Show competitor will make its debut in time for the holidays this year. It will reportedly Google-Assistant, so that you, with your voice. We can pretty much guarantee YouTube will work flawlessly on it (wink wink).
Google declined to comment on the report when contacted by PCMag this morning.
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This is not the first time that we have heard of such a device. Last fall, TechCrunch, citing multiple anonymous sources reported that Google was “building a table top smart screen for video calling and more that will compete with Amazon’s Echo Show.”
At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Google announced the Echo, such as in “smart appears” from four companies—Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Sony. All are Android-Things-powered touch screens that have Google Assistant, with front-facing cameras. We find JBL football-shaped Link, stereo speaker system, which features an 8-inch screen embedded in the middle, the most powerful and impressive of the four, audio-wise.
As the Nikkei Asian Review is the information that Google would soon launch its own such a device. The Web giant already sells two smart speakers, but without the screens, the Home of Max, which earned an “excellent” rating in PCMag’s review, and the Home Mini, which earned “good” marks.
The $229.99 Echo Show, which sports a 7-inch touchscreen and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, also earned a “good” rating in PCMag’s review.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.