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Google would be developing a device similar to the Amazon Echo Show

Google would be developing a device similar to the Amazon Echo Show”

Amazon has announced a number of hardware components recently where they have announced the all new Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Spot in the technology market. However, the device could end up shipping in 2018 due to reasons like the smart hub partnerships.

The new additions include a bigger Echo Plus speaker device, Echo Connect, Echo Spot and new Echo buttons to control all your Echo devices. The HomePod, though, will cost three times more than the next-generation Echo at nearly $350.

Having their own smart hub screen is a logical move for Google, especially given their recent move to remove YouTube from the Echo Show due to Amazon's violations of their terms of services when it comes to subscriptions and video recommendations. The Echo Plus will come with one free Philips Hue smart lightbulb. To arrive at its conclusion, CIRP surveyed 300 Amazon Echo or Google Home device owners in the United States. In the meantime, the smart home market has their eyes set on Amazon, which is why Google has a lot to catch up on. The speaker will go on sale on October 31 with a price-tag of $99.

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It would have a 7-inch screen and besides integrating the Google Assistant, as it could not be otherwise, it would also take integrated YouTube, Google Photos, and video calling capabilities. This is actually a bit odd since it lets you call yourself with your own phone number from an Echo. At the moment no price estimates are known. Additionally, Amazon revealed Echo Buttons, which are Bluetooth-connected multicolored buzzers that can connect to Alexa for games. "With Alexa, the new Fire TV makes it easier to navigate content and discover great movies and TV shows, all by using your voice". You've got the option to opt out of displaying your number, in which case other people will see "unknown caller" when your Echo rings them.

It is claimed Google initially had its focus on a television-sized device, bringing all of its aforementioned services into the living room. Those alliances with automakers still might not be enough keep Amazon and Alexa competitive with Google and Apple outside the home, given the software made by those two power most of the smartphones in the world.



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