According to the multiple sources, Google is building a tabletop smart screen for video calling and more. As Amazon just revealed new Echos and Facebook is working on its code name “Aloha” video calling screen, Google’s new device could help the company keep up in the competition for the smart home market.
Google’s new device has internally code named “Manhattan” and will have a similar screen size to the 7-inch Echo Show. The device will allow YouTube, Google Photos, video calling, and Google Assistant. It will also control Nest and other smart home devices.
Google is focusing on the Manhattan device rather than working on products with larger screens. The original target launch date was mid-2018 but due to the Echo Show, the launch postponed in 2017.
The device will run Android version which will make it easier for third-parties in building apps for it. The team is interested to see the Netflix app running on the device, but that’s not confirmed yet. Cost and look of the device is unclear now.
However, Google has organized a hardware event on October 4th, but there’s no indication that it will introduce the device. Google declined to comment before press time.
The reason behind this is Google already has Google Wi-Fi units, Google Home smart speakers, and Chromecasts. But a screen and smart hub are missing. Definitely, the Manhattan device will perfectly support Google’s existing offering. Surely, a smart screen will help the company to compete with Amazon’s Echo team.