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Google is building tabletop 'Manhattan' to challenge Amazon's 'Echo Show'

Google chose to remove YouTube from Amazon's "Echo Show" citing violation of its terms of service

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Google Manhattan

In a bid to keep up with the growing smart home market, is building a tabletop smart screen code-named "Manhattan", similar to Amazon's "Echo Show".

The device will offer YouTube, Assistant, Photos, video calling and also act as a smart hub that can control "Nest" and other smart home devices, Tech Crunch quoted industry sources as saying on Friday.

The device will come with a 7-inch screen and run a version of Android, which will make it easier for third-parties to build for it. It may also include Netflix, the report said.

The original target launch date of the device was mid-2018, but due to the "Echo Show" there was intense pressure on the company to get it launched in 2017. However, it still may end up releasing in 2018.

Recently, Google chose to remove from Amazon's "Echo Show" citing violation of its terms of service.

"Google has chosen to no longer make available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers. There is no technical reason for that decision," The Verge quoted as saying.

Google in response said: "Amazon's implementation of on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience."

First Published: Fri, September 29 2017. 11:40 IST