In any case, this rumor comes from Nikkei Asian Review, which spoke to unnamed sources who told it that Google will look to have this display-equipped smart speaker ready to go by the ever-important holiday shopping season.
With the launch of the smart speaker bearing a screen, Google is foreseeing to ship 3 million units of the device in the first batch itself. With Google Assistant, you have the ultimate power of your smartphone. With Echo speakers earlier, Amazon took a lead in the market and then a year ago the company introduced speakers with screen and web cam that add to a host of new features to gadgets - video chats for example - to make them more useful.
Google, now the number two player in smart speakers, grew from 16.1 percent market share in Q2 2017 to 27.6 percent in Q2 2018. Since its release the retail giant has seen major competition from other firms. While it lags behind Amazon in market share, Google's Google Home speaker has been successful at carving out a piece of the market. "It's an aggressive plan".
One advantage Google's smart-screen speakers might have over competing products from Amazon (or Apple in the future) is the inclusion of YouTube.
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Right now, we don't have any pricing information or availability dates, but we can guess the Smart Display will be introduced this October along with the new Pixel 3, Pixel Watch, and updated Pixelbook.
It's not going to surprise anyone that in the latest totting up of smart speaker shipments Amazon's Echo is leading the pack.
If smart displays do gain traction, then it changes the calculus for marketers and brands, because you can do a great deal more commercially on a tablet than on a smart speaker.
Facebook is additionally rumored to be getting into this market with a pair of smart speakers set to launch later this year.