Google Home Hub - Google Assistant With A Display

Google fires at Apple with Pixel 3 phone, other devices

What is Google Home Hub and how does it work?

The new Pixel 3 smartphones will go on sale on October 18 for a base starting retail price of $799 for the Pixel 3 and $899 for the Pixel 3 XL.

Google on Tuesday launched a new version of its connected speaker with a touchscreen display created to be a hub for smart home devices but without a camera for privacy reasons.

Google's playing catch-up with Amazon and Lenovo when it comes to smart displays, but overall the Home line of smart speakers is leading the market.

Google uses the screen to show you more information about the weather, about local restaurants, and so on. If you don't have the Home App you can download it below and then start spamming on that update button.

Voice assistants have come a long way over the last few years, from an often-confused voice in your smartphone to touch-screen smart displays that can connect you to friends and information in a snap. Home Hub owners can get hands-free recipe advice while they're cooking and watch how to prepare ingredients, which is a feature rivals have highlighted, too. The very reasonably priced smart display will act as the central terminal to your smart home, bringing the control of all your connected gadgets to one location. Yes, users have to explicitly enable that drop-in feature on the Echo Show, but there's potential for mishaps and confusion there - even more so because Amazon's products don't include a physical camera cover.

We consciously made a decision to not include a camera on Google Home Hub, so you feel comfortable placing it in the private spaces of your home, like the bedroom. It says the sensor "automatically detects and matches over 16 million combinations of light and colour, so your photos blend in with your home decor". And, when it's time for bed, it'll dim the screen. However, Google's upping the ante a bit by adding a bit of home-control interface to the mix via the Home View feature. It also allows users to check on all compatible smart devices even when they're away from home, and the new multi-user support allows everyone under the same roof to control smart devices in the house via the Google Home app.

This leaves the Google Home Hub as a cheaper alternative to the Portal ($199-plus) or the Echo Show ($230), and something the company thinks customers will feel more comfortable placing all around their homes. There is also an option available to broadcast a message or check your cameras (like through Nest Hello) or turn up the volume on the TV, and so on.

GoogleWhen will Google Home Hub be available?

For voice to really take off consumers will need screen-based devices at affordable prices.

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