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Google to debut display-equipped AI speaker before holidays

Taiwan suppliers told to prepare for hardware blitz to challenge Amazon

Scott Huffman, Google Assistant vice president of engineering, speaks at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas.    © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Google is preparing to release a smart speaker equipped with a display for this year's holiday season, sources have told the Nikkei Asian Review, escalating the competition with rivals like and Alibaba Group Holding in the market for voice-activated gadgets.

The new product, which is likely to be similar to the Amazon Echo Show, would round out the Google Home range of smart speakers running the artificially intelligent Google Assistant, akin to Amazon's Alexa.

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