Google to Release Own Smart Display Later This Year

Joanna Estrada
August 18, 2018

Google is working on a smart speaker with a display that will launch ahead of the holidays, reports Nikkei.

Google has pretty lofty aspirations for this new smart speaker, with an industry source telling Nikkei that the company is targeting 3 million shipments for its initial release.

The Smart Displays would likely be announced at the "Made by Google" event in October so we'll have to keep our eye out for more information on this one. "We do not comment on rumors or speculation", the Google press team told GeekWire in an email. However, the new Moto AI smart speaker won't compete directly with the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home since Motorola plans to introduce the new device in China. Lenovo has already released the "Lenovo Smart Display" which features an 8-inch or 10-inch display with Google Assistant and it's possible we could see others surface before Christmas. Canalys estimated that Amazon shipped 315,000 Echo Show devices in 2017. In a GeekWire Geared Up review, contributor Tim Ellis said Lenovo's device is better designed than the Echo Show but doesn't have all the functionality that Google Home Users would probably want. If that turns out to be true, then that means Google would have a smart speaker to compete with nearly every device in Amazon's Echo line up.

Sony, JBL and LG also have Google-powered Smart Display devices in the works.

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