Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Google-made smart display could be available by Christmas

Google-made smart display could be available by Christmas

A new rumor claims that Google will release a smart speaker with a display at some point this year. The new device is being released to go toe-to-toe with the Amazon Echo Show, and will join the Google-made range alongside the Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max.

The Google Smart Display will have the same functionality as other Smart Displays now on the market - or about to enter - with the ability to "play YouTube videos, check their calendars and view maps".

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Google announced the launch of its voice assistant platform on smart displays earlier this year, encouraging third-parties to integrate its technology in their devices.

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. According to Nikkei, the device could be manufactured by Taiwanese company Pegatron who have previously manufactured devices for Google owned Nest. If this report is accurate, it's likely we'll see the smart display at Google's October hardware event. The device comes with a Kids mode which it enables automatically every time it interacts with children.

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