Google might be working on a tabletop smart screen similar to Amazon’s Echo Show says a report. As per the report, the smart screen is internally being called “Manhattan”. Various reports are suggesting that the company is pushing extremely hard to capture the smart speaker market. Currently most of which is with Amazon. As per the report on TechCrunch, the device will be powered by the Google Assistant and will come with YouTube, Photos, Video Calling capabilities. It will also act as a control centre for controlling your smart home devices like the Nest.
As per the report, the device will feature a 7-inch screen and will be running on a stripped down version of Android, thus making it much easier for developers to make apps for the system. The device might also include Netflix. The report citing internal sources said that that the initial launch date for the device will be mid-2018, however, due to the launch of the Echo Show, the pressure grew and the company is trying to get it out in 2017.
Google recently removed the YouTube app from the Amazon Echo Show stating that the system is in violation of the terms and services.
“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,”
The Verge quoted Amazon as saying.
“Amazon`s implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience,”
said Google in response.