INTERNATIONAL - Google reportedly has plans to launch its own smart speaker with a display later this year, according to a report by Nikkei.
According to the report, insiders speaking to Nikkei say the company is preparing to launch it during the holidays.
“Google targets to ship some 3 million units for the first batch of the new model of smart speaker that comes with a screen,” one industry source told the Japanese publication.
Smart speakers with displays (or “smart displays”) offer a number of obvious benefits. They often used in the kitchen, where hands-free screens are particularly useful.
Google’s current smart speaker line-up includes the Google Home, budget Home Mini, and speaker-heavy Home Max.