Google may be building an Amazon Echo Show competitor

The Echo Spot is the younger sibling to the Echo Show that offers video-calling and streaming facilities. For a limited time, customers can get the all-new Fire TV and Echo Dot together for $79.99 or the Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot together for $59.99-a 33 percent savings. This also included an Echo Connect box. It uses second generation far field voice recognition and enhanced sound. We're continuing to work with partners like Hulu, SHOWTIME, Sony's PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, NBC, Bravo, CNBC, and NBC News to add increased app functionality that lets you use your voice to rewind, fast forward, and play content with commands like "Alexa, change the channel to NBC in Hulu" or "Alexa, play Ray Donovan in SHOWTIME".

The problem with the Echo Show is that it was unable to show users their subscriptions or recommendations, two key features on YouTube that Google needs to ensure growth and user engagement.

The search giant is reportedly working on its own touch screen-equipped smart speaker, even as it yanked its YouTube video service from Amazon's Echo Show touch-screen speaker earlier this week. Announced as part of the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) API, the feature is in private beta with companies such as AccuWeather will provide weather updates, and The Washington Post will provide users breaking news alerts.

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Just days ago Google removed the YouTube app from the Echo Show's catalogue, instantly making Amazon's tabletop less appealing.

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The new additions include a bigger Echo Plus speaker device, Echo Connect, Echo Spot and new Echo buttons to control all your Echo devices.

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With the Echo Plus taking falling in line with the dimensions of the Original Echo speakers, Amazon has made a decision to upgrade the Echo to give it a trimmed look, cutting its dimensions by 3.35-inches to make it measure 5.9-inches in size. The Echo already supports calling between Echos, but that acts more like an intercom system. This device has a price tag of $35.

"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. Before Amazon, Google had a similar spat in 2013 when it sent a cease and desist letter to Microsoft complaining about how YouTube was being developed for the Windows Phone, notes GeekWire.

Echo Spot will be available in the United Kingdom and Germany early next year. Though it might get released in 2018 as Google is now looking to partner with smart hub manufacturers like Best Buy Geek Squad and Enjoy for home installation.

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