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Meet the new member of the Amazon Echo family: Echo Spot

01 October 2017

For a limited time, customers can get the all-new Fire TV and Echo Dot together for $79.99 or the Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot together for $59.99-a 33 percent savings.

Amazon is also adding higher fidelity equipment to the next-generation Echo in an apparent response to the HomePod.

The problem with the Echo Show is that it was unable to show users their subscriptions or recommendations, two key features on YouTube that Google needs to ensure growth and user engagement. The new smart speaker will have the standard Google package on board, including YouTube, Google Assistant, the ability to control smart home devices, and support for video calls.

Makers in the supply chains for Google Home and Apple's HomePad are also likely to see strong sales in 2018 as Google is set to announce new Google Home devices in October and Apple is to release new HomePod products in December.

It seems that Google is taking another page from Amazon and prepping a smart speaker with a built-in display.

Amazon Echo Spot
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Sources told TechCrunch that the new device will offer Google Assistant, Google Photos and video calling, as well as play YouTube videos and act as a hub to control smart home devices. It's presently vague whether the most recent expansion to the Echo product family will be able to access YouTube. Your Phone number will still be tied to calls so recipients can recognize you.

No information was given on how much the Google Manhattan device will cost, but Amazon's Echo Show now sells for $229.99. That means it can interact with a bevy of connected devices without the need for learning new skills.

It is unlikely that your Echo will suddenly start blasting out the weather report, but it may make a tone sound, or light up part of the ring on your device. The latest version of the device will now support 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos with 2160p resolution at the rate of 60 frames per second.

According to sources speaking to TechCrunch, Google is working on its own Echo Show competitor. Google's project to produce a similar piece of hardware is code-named Manhattan and sources indicate there is considerable pressure on the team to release it to market before the end of 2017.

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Meet the new member of the Amazon Echo family: Echo Spot