Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Google officially unveils its first 'smart' display

New Google Home App Google Home Hub - Google Assistant With A Display
Pete Mitchell | 13 October, 2018, 02:38

The Home Hub comes in four colours - Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua and Sand.

Google has made a name for itself in the smart home market through Google Home, its smart artificial intelligence assistant. Keep in mind though, that both of those devices have larger screens than the 7-inch display on the Google Home Hub. I'll let you decide after you see what the new Google Home Hub can do. That's a plus from a privacy perspective, although Lenovo and JBL do provide a physical camera cover.

Recently, Google has brought about some enhancements to its Google Home app. We've already seen that portrait mode photos taken with single-lens cameras can be quite impressive, and now Google's new "Super Res Zoom" feature on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL has been put to the test.

Amidst the launch of the Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub yesterday, Google also quietly released a new Chromecast media streamer. Then again Amazon was the first one to kick off this trend when it rolled out the Echo, which prompted firms such as Apple, Google, and Samsung to follow the fashion with similar devices. But even without a camera, it can still be used for voice calls.

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There's also better integration with Google's Nest products. "In today's growing smart home space, easy, seamless connections are more important than ever", says Jeff Patton of GM Connected Home Product Management.

I didn't hear as much low end as the Google Home delivers, but the sound was full and loud. When Google created its smart display software, it also came up with a turnkey solution for OEMs. There's also a physical mute switch at the back you can flip to prevent Home Hub from listening.

Rounding out our time with Google on Tuesday was a bit of hands-on time with the new Google Home Hub. The idea is to remove what Google calls the "billboard effect" where your eyes are drawn to the brightness of the display in a dim room.

Impact: A number of these features aren't rolling out until later on, but one feature that is available now is the ability to use Google Assistant without unlocking your phone. Sure. But those desires are more for the early smart home adopters and they are still a niche audience. This smart bulb uses Bluetooth LE to communicate directly with a Google Home Mini, using it as a smart home hub.

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