29 Sep '17, 10pm

Google places itself in the race to win the smart speaker device and home ecosystem market with 'Manhattan.’

Google generally doesn’t do as well when it builds “follower” products — think Google Plus or Allo. But there are other examples where Google has excelled with later entries (e.g., AdWords, Maps). Right now, Google Home is a follower product seeking to break out of Amazon Echo’s shadow. On paper, Google should win in this market. It has a larger developer ecosystem. And it has a better assistant. But Amazon is being very aggressive by innovating quickly and offering a dizzying array of devices at different price points . Amazon also has a more powerful sales channel. Overall, Amazon is out-innovating the rest of the “smart speaker” market at the moment. Amazon now has two devices with screens: Echo Show and the new Echo Spot. According to TechCrunch , Google is also working on a Home device with a touchscreen: Two sources confirm to TechCrunch that the Google device has be...

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