A report on TechCrunch on Friday suggested that Google is building a “tabletop smart screen for video calling” that would likely compete with Amazon’s Echo Show device. This revelation comes the same week that Amazon unveiled a whole slew of new Echo devices.
According to TechCrunch’s sources, the new Google device—which is codenamed “Manhattan” right now—will have a 7-inch screen, similar to the one of the Show, and the device will offer YouTube, Google Assistant access, Google Photos, and video calling. It will reportedly also work as a smart hub that can control Nest (which is owned by Google parent company Alphabet Inc.) and other smart home devices.
What this TechCrunch report does is it helps make some sense out of why Google decided, earlier this week, to pull the YouTube app off of the Echo Show. It’s clear that the two are now essentially competing directly with one another in the hardware game with their smart speakers. But it’s even clearer now that Google has a legit reason to want to pull its video streaming channel off of the Show if they plan to launch a competing product.