Amazon’s Echo Present could quickly get some competitors from Google.

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Google is engaged on a tabletop good display screen for video calls that may tackle Amazon’s Echo Present, TechCrunch reported Thursday.

The gadget, internally codenamed “Manhattan,” may have an analogous display screen dimension to the 7-inch Echo Present, sources informed the tech website. The gadget, which can run a model of Android, was anticipated to be launched in mid-2018, however there’s strain to launch it as quickly as this yr, TechCrunch reported.

Google did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

The report emerges only a day after Amazon unveiled a slew of latest Echo gadgets, all enabled to run Alexa, the web retailer’s voice assistant.

Google is attempting to meet up with Amazon, which created the good speaker market when it unveiled Echo in 2014. For now, Amazon has an enormous lead, capturing seven out of each 10 good speaker clients within the US, in line with eMarketer. Google is a distant second.

Amazon elevated the strain Wednesday, when it showcased new merchandise within the Echo lineup, together with a new Echo, the Echo Plus,the Echo Spot and the Echo Join. The additions appear replicate Amazon’s have to maintain creating new types for Alexa so clients will not be wooed away.

There’s additionally some latest friction between the 2 firms that resulted in Google’s YouTube vanishing from the Echo Present earlier this week. The dispute apparently facilities on how the video-sharing website is offered on Amazon’s good speaker. Predictably, each side blame one another.

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