In a recent teardown of the newest version of the Google app for Android devices, some interesting code was discovered that seems to bolster suspicions that Google has a touchscreen equipped Google Home device in the works. Such a device would not be a surprise as it would represent a competitor to the Amazon Echo Show and Google is hard at work chasing Amazon for a share of the home assistant device market. The discovery of this code pointing to a touchscreen device comes after an earlier report that Google has a device codenamed Manhattan in the works.
One difference from the previous report is the fact that the codename used for the as yet to be determined device in this latest analysis is Quartz. Sources indicate another codename – Monet – is also present in the analysis, though not to the extent the Quartz name is used. Those who completed the code teardown note that a Monet would be something you would look at. Similarly, Quartz may be connected with clocks, another item that people might look at.
Other than the names used and any inferences one might make from that, the analysis points to several uses of the code in ways that only make sense with a screen. For example, some of the code makes references to the navbar while other code makes reference to YouTube. Extensive code is also included regarding recipes which lend themselves to display on a screen versus being read out loud. Some of the code refers to display of weather information, like choosing between Celsius or Fahrenheit. Other code refers to layouts for photo galleries, web pages in a browser, and Google Maps information.
While all of the code references certainly point to the use of a screen, other possibilities include this code being used to display information on a Chromecast connected device driven by existing Google Home or smartphone devices as well as an interface that is used on an Android device as an extension of the Google app.
We will continue to watch for signs and hints of a touchscreen equipped Google Home device. Would you be interested in such a device if Google brings one to market?