Canalys: 187% smart speaker growth driven by Chinese offerings

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A report this week claims that the online giant will also release its own smart displays in time for the 2018 holiday season. The paper, which cited industry sources, said that Google would be aiming to ship around 3m units for the first batch of its new touchscreen-equipped smart speaker.

Shipping numbers for a comparable device, the Echo Show, only reached 315,000 units a year ago. It will allegedly be part of the Google Home family, offering similar functionality to the new Lenovo smart display. According to the research firm, Google had a spectacularly strong three month period with year-over-growth in shipments hitting 420%. While smartphones, tablets and wearables are the "go-to" devices for gadget enthusiasts who want to remotely control their homes, they're not always convenient when users are already using them for other tasks. How that plays out against its competitors remains to be seen. "It's an aggressive plan". Now, the new speaker looks to give competition to Echo Show.

The smart speaker portion apparently has a considerable measure of potential, and Google's interest in it, demonstrates that the tech goliath is not kidding with respect to its Home scope of brilliant speakers.

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The initial two choices are situated against Amazon's customary Echo and Echo Dot, while the highest point of-the-line display rivals Apple's HomePod, which accompanies the Siri voice collaborator. Third party manufacturers are also working on smart devices with Google Assistant built in. It states that Google has contacted suppliers in Taiwan to ramp up production of all items required for a smart speaker with display.

Facebook is additionally rumored to be getting into this market with a pair of smart speakers set to launch later this year.

If Google's take on a Smart Display is anything like Lenovo's or JBL's, we can expect all the normal paraphernalia such as a large display, front-facing camera, good-enough speaker, and modern design.

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