In a report from Taipei, the Japan-based publication quoted an unnamed industry source as saying that Google is planning to ship an initial batch of 3 million units.
It defended its position against Amazon, which shipped 4.1 million Echo devices in the quarter.
After voice-assisted speakers have acquired the market of smart devices, it's now time to see several companies trying their hands on smart voice-assisted displays. All are Android Things-powered touch screens running Google Assistant, with front-facing cameras. 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. Majorly, Amazon is the biggest competitor, this is why company decided to make their own Google Smart Displays. While it lags behind Amazon in market share, Google's Google Home speaker has been successful at carving out a piece of the market. Now, the new speaker looks to give competition to Echo Show. Well, we don't know when the Google started to plan of their own smart displays.
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While the USA remained the principal destination for smart speaker shipments, accounting for 68 percent of Amazon's global shipments and 58 percent of Google's, according to Canalys' figures. Third party manufacturers are also working on smart devices with Google Assistant built in. However, the tech giant is yet to launch its own smart speaker with a screen, but it looks to change that this year.
Hopefully the list of countries earmarked for said 3 million includes South Africa, but seeing as how Google hardware isn't officially available locally the chances are looking slim at this stage.