While there are countless smart speakers to choose from, the selection of smart displays isnâ€™t too impressive. But it should get better as we head into 2019. Amazonâ€™s Echo Show is the most popular choice, and Google Assistant-powered alternatives from a few brands have been announced. Soon, though, we might even see a first-party smart display from the digital assistantâ€™s maker.
Google will introduce its own smart display later this year, according toÂ Nikkei. Expect to see the product get a major push during the holidays. As for specific timing, the flagship smart display should launch with the Pixel 3 this fall.
Industry sources claim that 3 million units shipped is the target. Since those familiar with the matter arenâ€™t from Mountain View, itâ€™s unclear how realistic that figure can be. Google, though, has expressed interest in creating an in-house product after partners finish their roll-outs.
The smart display should be a lot like what weâ€™ve seen on third-party models in recent months. Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Sony have paired a screen with premium speakers. If anything, Google will stand out with a unique design. Like it does with the Home family, Google could use light colors and clean materials to look modern.
Releasing a smart display seemed inevitable, and now weâ€™re only two months or so from Google making it a reality according to sources.