Lenovo’s Smart Display, which relies upon the voice-enabled Google Assistant AI system, is already on the marketplace. Currently Google is believed to be gearing up for its own Smart Display device. (Lenovo Photo) Google is aiming to challenge Amazon’s Echo Show by releasing its own smart speaker armed with a screen in time for this year’s holiday period, Nikkei Asian Review reported today. In a report by Taipei, the Japan-based book lent an unnamed industry source as saying that Google is planning to ship a first batch of 3 million units. “It’s an aggressive strategy,” the source stated. Google declined to comment in the report. “We do not comment on speculation or rumors,” that the Google press team told GeekWire in an email. Nikkei Asian Review noted that the new product, dependent on Google’s Smart Display system, could round out the Google Home lineup of smart speakers armed with the voice-enabled Google Assistant artificial intelligence representative. That lineup comprises Google Home Max, which is analogous to Amazon Echo; and also the Home Mini, which goes up against the Echo Dot. Google’s smart-speaker-plus-screen platform is being incorporated into devices made by outside vendors, such as the $250 Lenovo Smart Display. For what it is worth Lenovo’s device scored an 8.6 rating from CNET, in comparison to last year’s rating of 6.9 for the Echo Show (now discounted to $130). At a GeekWire Geared Up review, contributor Tim Ellis stated Lenovo’s device is much better equipped than the Echo Display but doesn’t have the functionality that Google Home Users would most likely want. Sony, JBL and LG have Google-powered Smart Display apparatus in the works. Amazon dominated the smart speaker market last year, however the latest set of information from the Canalys research firm suggests that Google Home beat Amazon Echo in market share in that year’s second quarter, with 32.3 percent as opposed to 24.5 percent for Amazon. Alibaba and Xiaomi have become more aggressive, and Apple’s Siri-enabled HomePod is at the smart-speaker fray also. This week, both Microsoft and Amazon began rolling out the initial integrations between their AI voice supporters. The blurred boundaries mean that consumers are going to have the ability to call on Microsoft’s Cortana helper on Amazon apparatus, and deliver up Amazon’s Alexa helper on Windows 10 PCs and Harmon Kardon Invoke speakers.