The Echo Spot is the younger sibling to the Echo Show that offers video-calling and streaming facilities. Google's original plan is to have it launch in mid-2018, but the company is now pressured to release it in 2017 because of the Amazon Echo Show.
"Since then, Amazon continues to find new applications, including monitoring and controlling smart homes, and [to develop] devices that are cheap and easy to use". The Google Home Mini and Max are also candidates for an appearance.
The report emerges just a day after Amazon unveiled a slew of new Echo devices, all enabled to run Alexa, the internet retailer's voice assistant. There's no pricing information yet, but you can expect it will be priced competitively with the Echo Show's $230. The Echo Plus is compatible with ZigBee products from leading manufacturers such as Philips, Hue, GE, Kwikset, and more. Next week on October 4, Google will be unveiling new products including the Pixel 2 smartphones and the smaller Google Home.
"Three years ago we introduced the first Echo, powered by Alexa, with a goal to fundamentally simplify and improve the way customers interact with their homes", said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa.
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With numerous other tech firms including Facebook and Samsung reportedly working on smart home hubs that integrate digital assistants, the pressure is on to produce a competitor to the Echo and Echo Show before Amazon captures too much of the market.
It's not just the number of devices that reflect the significance of the announcement.
The device will launch in Q4 in the United States and early 2018 in the United Kingdom and Germany. However, it does not have a display like the newer Echo Show.
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. Amazon asserts that Google's choice wasn't invited by any specialized reason, considering it "baffling" and expressing that such a move harms the users of the two organizations.