Google To Launch Assistant-Based Smart Speaker With Display Later This Year

It’s Amazon’s Echo Show-like smart speaker market continues to grow at a fair old lick with the likes of Google, Apple, and now, Samsung pilling into a market that is only likely to increase in earning potential over the coming years.

Following the moderate success of the Amazon Echo Show and Echo Spot, Google’s attention in the smart display segment are well documented. Google looks set to increase its footprint, according to sources with Nikkei Asian Review, with a new and as-yet-unannounced Google Home device that has a touchscreen built in.

Google May Launch Its Own Echo Show-Like Smart Speaker With Display Before Holidays

Google, a search company teamed up already with multiple manufacturers back in January to bring in smart displays to the market, aimed to join the smart speaker market back in 2016 when it launched the Google Home and Google Home mini, has subsequently lent Google Assistant to other companies in an attempt to broaden its horizons.

This time around, Google is reportedly set to launch its own kind of touch-enabled speaker in an attempt to make it easier for users to interact with the device as well as making it possible to watch videos and hold video calls. Dubbed as a “smart speaker that comes with a screen,” this Google-made device is expected to hit the markets later this year. While these are early reports, it is believed that Google will call it the Pixel Slate or Screen.

Currently, the timescale for this is unknown, but it is anticipated to arrive before the holiday season. The report also says that Google’s plans for the new device are “aggressive,” suggesting it intends to make a splash when the device is announced.

As far as the features are concerned, it is believed to be packing a larger display, possibly 10-inches in size diagonally, paired with two microphones and a speaker for media content. The reports further mention, the device will have a battery underneath, allowing the device to run without an external power source. It is also acknowledged that Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron will build Google’s Smart Display.

“Google targets to ship some 3 million units for the first batch of the new model of smart speaker that comes with a screen,” an industry source said. “It’s an aggressive plan.”

A device like this will run Google Assistant and will support voice commands which also allow users to control their smart-home products. Thanks to the large display on board, which is also possible to enjoy video content from YouTube. There are already Google Assistant-enabled devices with screens available on the market in the shape of the new Smart Display platform with partners like Sony, Lenovo, JBL, all joining in.

However, it’s unclear if Google will allow third-party streaming services on this particular device. The Echo Show can’t run Netflix by default, so we’re not too hopeful of seeing this feature on Google’s Smart Display.

Nevertheless, Google apparently wants to get its own first-party device into the market, rather than settle on just having its software run on other companies’ hardware. It is likely that this product will run on Chrome OS rather than Android considering Google’s efforts on bridging the gap between the two platforms. There’s still a lot that we actually don’t know, so we’re going to reserve judgment until more information is available.

Stay tuned for more information regarding a Google-branded Smart Speaker with Display arrival into the market.

(Source: Nikkei Asian Review)

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