Google developing an Amazon Echo Show competitor

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That could include things like Duo and Hangouts for video calling or Google Photos which could help drive the device as a virtual picture frame when in standby.

For those who want even better sound and more features for controlling Internet-connected lighting and appliance inside the home, Amazon also is introducing the Echo Plus, a slightly taller speaker that will sell for $150. The all-new Echo and Echo Plus deliver better sound, all new far-field technology, and new features we think customers will love.

The bit about YouTube is interesting, considering that Google just this week pulled the video-sharing service from Echo Show devices, a move Amazon said is "disappointing and hurts both of our customers".

Today, Amazon announced the all-new Fire TV featuring 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Alexa Voice Remote.

The Google Smart Screen rumours might point to a good reason for why Google recently broke YouTube compatibility on the Amazon Echo Show.

No information was given on how much the Google Manhattan device will cost, but Amazon's Echo Show now sells for $229.99. This will be lining up in the market alongside the updated new Echo speaker and the already available Echo Show and Echo Dot devices.

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The sources claim that the project, codenamed Manhattan, will involve a device with a similar size to the 7-inch display now found on the Echo Show.

Amazon holds a commanding lead in the smart speaker market, taking up 70 percent of USA device sales, according to eMarketer.

The company also released the 3rd Generation of their streaming device known as the Fire TV. This year, the company followed up with the camera-enabled $200 Echo Look, which offers fashion advice, and $230 Echo Show, whose touchscreen lets you video-chat with other Show owners.

Once you've set up Alexa calling and messaging, your own mobile number is linked to the device and will show up to recipients when you call. Before Amazon, Google had a similar spat in 2013 when it sent a cease and desist letter to Microsoft complaining about how YouTube was being developed for the Windows Phone, notes GeekWire. To be priced at $130, so far the Spot only has United States release in the pipeline (December 2017).

Google's plan to develop and launch its own Amazon Echo Show competitor also seems to shed some light on what transpired earlier this week.

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