Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Hands on with Google's Home Hub: The smart speaker for everything

What is Google Home Hub and how does it work? Google Home App Update Brings New Design, Multiple Device Control; Home Speaker Gets Playback Speed Controls
Cecil Davis | 11 October, 2018, 09:57

Keep in mind though, that both of those devices have larger screens than the 7-inch display on the Google Home Hub.

Separately, the Google Home support page has been updated to support playback speed controls for news and podcasts.

We've covered Smart Displays before and the entire concept dates all the way back to CES 2018 back in January.

In March I said I wanted Google to make a smart home hub.

Google is betting that privacy will trump utility, and I think that's a safe bet. In some ways, I still do. There are also other bundles, mostly focusing on Nest (also owned by Google) smart home products and the new Home Hub display. JBL and Lenovo's attempts at this have been solid, but now it's Google's turn.

A couple of days back we saw Facebook launch its Portal and Portal+ smart speakers with screens and these majored on their AI camera people tracking ability and video calling capability however Google says it has deliberately chosen not to install a camera on the Home Hub "so you feel comfortable placing it in the private spaces of your home, like the bedroom".

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I didn't hear as much low end as the Google Home delivers, but the sound was full and loud.

Google chose to not include a camera on Google Home Hub, so you feel comfortable placing it your home, like the bedroom. As always, getting started can be hard if you don't even know where to start.

Google has launched the first member of its Home family with a screen attached. Google Photos automatically adds new photos, avoiding duplicates and blurry shots, and you can share your live album, so when that person sets up their Home Hub, they'll see your album. I love this integration because today I have to tap my phone or ask Google to show my front door in order to see who's ringing my doorbell. We already know that Google's offering features a swipe-down gesture that brings up a "home view" control panel that now isn't found on the third-party devices. To make things even simpler, you'll be able to purchase a starter kit that includes a Google Home Mini and a bulb that are pre-paired, so all you need to do is take it out of the box, plug it in, and you're good to go.

Google Home Hub doubles as a photo frame. As you can see from the image above, you can use it to guide you through cooking something. So we will see.

Google is starting to create great user experiences, and that's what it's all about, right?

It is a simple feature with huge benefits, and those types of software upgrades really mark the current state of Google.