Google is building a tabletop smart screen, says report

Meet Amazon's new Echo devices

Meet Amazon's new Echo devices

With Amazon's recent announcement of all their new Echo products, there is much pressure on Google to come up with devices that can directly compete with the retail giant's vast array of smart speakers and connected accessories.

Amazon announced a slew of new products on Wednesday, including new Echo devices that house Amazon's smart voice-activated assistant Alexa, as well as some nifty new features.

TechCrunch sources say that Google has pushed forward the development of Manhattan as it really wants to release a device that is competitive to the Amazon Echo Show.

It'll be interested to see whether this new smart hub screen device makes an appearance at the Google event scheduled for next week in NY.

Please don't mistake my scepticism for a lack of excitement, I'd buy the hell out of any Google Home screen device. The "Manhattan" product, then, would give Google customers another reason to stick with Google-made home devices, despite the allure of Alexa playing jams and displaying song lyrics on the Echo Show's screen.

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On consoles, you'll also be able to team up with a friend or battle against one another in split screen versus. Star Wars Battlefront II will be available for PC, XBox One, and PS4, in both a standard and deluxe editions.

The home automation and virtual assistant market continues to heat up after Amazon announced several new devices this week. And one of the gadgets is the Echo Connect, which we detailed for you here, while another one are the Echo Buttons. The competition also has grounds to fear a terminal whose operating system will be Android, making the availability of both applications and compatibility between the device and smartphones on the world's most widespread mobile platform are simpler. Next week on October 4, Google will be unveiling new products including the Pixel 2 smartphones and the smaller Google Home. Moving onto copying the Echo Show. Google earlier this week started blocking YouTube from working on the Echo Show, saying that Amazon's implementation ran afoul of its terms of service.

Amazon also introduced Echo Connect, which is a $35 box that will allow you to place phone calls to landlines using your existing Amazon Echo units.

The Amazon Echo Spot is a miniature version of the Show.

"Google pulled YT from Echo Show because it will launch a similar device codenamed Manhattan". However, if you do want a speaker like an Echo for the Assistant, now you're stuck with the $129 Google Home.

Google's decision to manufacture such a device, of course, is not accidental.

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