Earlier this week Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google suddenly removed YouTube streaming video service from Amazon.com, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Echo Show smart speaker. The reasoning behind the move was never made completely clear, but now we appear to have a smoking gun. Reports emerged yesterday that Google is preparing to launch a new Google Home smart speaker with an integrated video screen. Code-named Manhattan, it would take on the Echo Show directly.
Spilling of the beans on the Google’s Echo Show killer progressed rapidly yesterday evening.
It started with a pair of e-mailed tips to 9To5Google, claiming that Google had yanked YouTube access from Amazon’s Echo Show because the company is preparing to launch a similar device itself.
New Google Home “Manhattan” Smart Speaker
Here’s the text of the first e-mail sent to 9to5Google:
“Google pulled YT from Echo Show because it will launch a similar device codenamed Manhattan. Same screen size as Echo Show. Manhattan will have YT, Google Assistant, Google Photos, Netflix, video calling. It will control Nest and other smart home devices.”
Within two hours, TechCrunch was also carrying the news, citing multiple sources. The new Google Home “Manhattan” will apparently have the same 7-inch display size as Amazon’s Echo Show and basically offer the same key functionality, including video calling. Of course Google’s version will have YouTube, where the Echo Show has lost that capability — at least for the moment. And an interesting addition that shows up from both websites’ sources is the addition of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) video.
That’s a good idea, especially since there’s no way Google’s smart speaker is going to get an Amazon Video app after the YouTube incident.
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