Google set to release display-equipped Google Home device for Christmas

Google set to release display-equipped Google Home device for Christmas

In a report from Taipei, the Japan-based publication quoted an unnamed industry source as saying that Google is planning to ship an initial batch of 3 million units. Third party manufacturers are also working on smart devices with Google Assistant built in. "It's an aggressive plan", the source said.

Google declined to comment on the report when contacted by PCMag this morning. "We do not comment on rumors or speculation", the Google press team told GeekWire in an email.

The launch of a Google branded smart display is an effort from the company to get ahead of rival Amazon and will compete with the Echo Show - a device much like an Echo Spot though with a larger screen and running Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant. It will allegedly be part of the Google Home family, offering similar functionality to the new Lenovo smart display. While Google's new smart display would still rely on voice commands as the primary means of interaction, it would also allow users to view maps and directions and watch YouTube videos. By comparison, Amazon only managed to ship 315,000 Echo Shows in 2017 according to research firm Canalys.

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At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Google announced Echo Show-like "smart displays" from four companies-Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Sony.

We've yet to see a Smart Display actually go on-sale here in Australia as yet, though at least two are expected by the end of the year.

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