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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday September 30 2017, @02:39PM   Printer-friendly
from the new-manhattan-project dept.

Google's 'Manhattan project': Home device with a screen to compete with Echo Show

Google generally doesn't do as well when it builds "follower" products — think Google Plus or Allo. But there are other examples where Google has excelled with later entries (e.g., AdWords, Maps). Right now, Google Home is a follower product seeking to break out of Amazon Echo's shadow.

[...] Amazon now has two devices with screens: Echo Show and the new Echo Spot. According to TechCrunch, Google is also working on a Home device with a touchscreen:

Two sources confirm to TechCrunch that the Google device has been internally codenamed "Manhattan" and will have a similar screen size to the 7-inch Echo Show. One source received info directly from a Google employee. Both sources say the device will offer YouTube, Google Assistant, Google Photos and video calling. It will also act as a smart hub that can control Nest and other smart home devices.

Previously: Google Pulls YouTube off of the Amazon Echo Show

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by crafoo on Saturday September 30 2017, @04:35PM (3 children)

    by crafoo (6639) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 30 2017, @04:35PM (#575319)

    Who buys these things? People with enough wealth for frivolous electronic gadgets aren't smart enough to avoid integrating their most personal space with a global advertising corporation?

    Are we lost? Why are their so few sane people left?

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by fyngyrz on Saturday September 30 2017, @06:43PM (1 child)

    by fyngyrz (6567) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 30 2017, @06:43PM (#575336) Homepage Journal

    Who buys these things?

    Lots of people do. As of January 2017, Amazon had sold over eleven million Echos.

    That's the way it is. If you can't imagine the benefits, or you can't tolerate the compromises, then of course, they won't be selling them to you.

    The rest of us won't even notice. Each to their own.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 01 2017, @04:35AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 01 2017, @04:35AM (#575476)

      Each to their own.

      Which incidentally was written on the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
      Fitting for a device of corporate totalitarian control.

      (And don't go whining about Godwin, Google started this WW2 thing by referring to the Manhattan project!)

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 30 2017, @07:41PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 30 2017, @07:41PM (#575355)

    They seem to be popular in South Park. I wouldn't be surprised they didn't use goatse on them.