While Google's Home line of smart speakers has been outstanding ever since the first Google Home, the companion Home app has never been fantastic. You can still do video calls, but they'd be one-way video calls. Did I want to see a Google hub with Zigbee and/or Z-Wave radios?
It lets you not only hear Google Assistant and your app integrations but also see them and the information you're seeking.
Along with the launch of new Google hardware this week, there are many Google Assistant updates on the way. Like those, it features Google Assistant. What Google typically does better than most is software, but not necessarily this time.
GoogleWhat are the technical specs? And that's exactly what the Google Home Hub is all about. Keep in mind though, that both of those devices have larger screens than the 7-inch display on the Google Home Hub.
GoogleHow does Google Home Hub work? The new Filters feature, which will appear in the Google Home app, seems to be a trickle over from Family Link for managing how kids can use smart displays, though it's a bit short on detail. This isn't Cortana, folks: It would be suicidal not to support the Google ecosystem.
If you get the update let us know what you think. So things like receipts or screenshots that were uploaded to your Google Photos won't be mixed in with portraits or landscapes, and blurry or duplicate photos won't make the cut. The list of OEMs provided by Google for new TVs and set-top boxes makes it sound like this expanded control takes place over Android TV in some cases, but we'll have to see.
You can use the Home Hub to show you a photo gallery when it's asleep, making it a digital picture frame.
How do you feel about the Pixel 3 XL's notch? Essentially, Google is providing an aggregation of your smart home devices in a simple, pleasing arrangement so you can adjust the environment easily with a touch. And, when it's time for bed, it'll dim the screen. This will be a much easier solution to sharing control of our smart home devices. You can control over 10,000 types of smart home devices from over 1,000 popular brands.
Google Home devices use Google Assistant as a voice assistant, while the Amazon devices use Alexa.
It costs $149 in the United States (£13 in the UK) from Google Store. Also, when you buy Google Home Hub, you'll get six months of YouTube Premium on us, so you can enjoy YouTube Music as well as all of YouTube ad-free.
Pre-orders are open now.
GoogleWhen will Google Home Hub be available? It'll be in stores from 22 October in the United States and UK.