Google has been following suit with Amazon’s home speaker approach. Amazon has the Echo and Echo Dot, and Google has the Home and Home Mini. Amazon continued to branch out much more, with the Echo Show being its most ambitious attempt yet. Unsurprisingly, Google might be working an a response to that as well.
In a teardown of the latest beta version of the Google app, Android Police uncovered a compelling reference to a device that sounds a lot like the Echo Show.
Codenamed “Quartz,” lines of code hint at functionality with YouTube that displays things like profiles, comments, likes, views and more. More code shows that there is a “rest screen,” which also strongly implies that some sort of display will be incorporated into a future Google home.
There is also functionality for weather, timers and voice dictation, but those features are already available with the Google Assistant.
During Google’s event last month, it was rumored Google would unveil a Google Home with a display. Instead we got the Home Max. It sounds like Google is working on this rumored Google Home with a display behind the scenes, but isn’t ready for release yet. At this point, it is highly unlikely we’ll see it this year, but maybe we’ll see it some time in 2018.