Amazon's Echo Spot is a cuter version of the Echo Show

Posted September 30, 2017

The sources claim that the project, codenamed Manhattan, will involve a device with a similar size to the 7-inch display now found on the Echo Show. The idea seemed to like Facebook, who would also be working on a simulate, and now also Google, which according to TechCrunch would be doing the same with a device known internally with the name Manhattan.

The report states that the company had previously slated mid-2018 as the launch date for the smart speaker but rescheduled it for 2017 due to the mounting pressure from Amazon Echo Show.

The company also unveiled a speaker phone accessory, called Echo Connect, that plugs into existing home landline telephone jacks.

Amazon is doing really great with Amazon Echo smart speaker in the technology market and hence chose to come up with a few more editions of the same smart speaker with even more smart features inside.

Amazon has announced a number of hardware components recently where they have announced the all new Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Spot in the technology market. As Amazon announced the Echo speaker with an assistant built-in, and no one really knew why this was made. The Echo Plus is compatible with ZigBee products from leading manufacturers such as Philips, Hue, GE, Kwikset, and more.

Amazon also added a premium version of its Echo device priced at $150 that can act as the central controller for home automation gear like connected light bulbs and window blinds. 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.

It's not just the number of devices that reflect the significance of the announcement.

Amazon also launched the Echo Spot, a small circular speaker created to sit on a nightstand or desk.

The move to block YouTube content on the Echo Show was largely unexpected.

The new Echo speaker is available for a reduced price - US$99.

Google is said to be working on a competitor to Amazon's Echo Show (shown above), which could debut this year.

The line-up was completed by the "Echo Spot", incorporating a 2.5-in screen for hooking up to camera feeds and making video calls. My point is that Amazon already has the lead and I truly hope Google takes the time to make a considered and well integrated device.