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Google Home Hub - Google Assistant With A Display

As expected, a number of these are having to do with Smart Displays, but there are some changes coming to Google Assistant on your phone as well.

Google Home Hub is equipped with far-field microphones, stereo speakers and a seven-inch LCD touch display.

The Google Home Hub officially goes on sale October 22. You can order it from Google.

And another JBL bonus is that there's a 5MP front-facing camera on the Link View.

If you buy and register before 31 December 2018, then you'll get six months of YouTube Premium for free. Google says it excluded a video camera because it wants users to feel "comfortable" with the Home Hub, but the absence of a camera will also save on the bill of materials. The Home Hub screen really doesn't look much larger than a smartphone.

It comes in four colors: Charcoal, Aqua, Chalk, and Sand.

The "View Rooms" button will show you devices by room.

Much has been made of Google's decision to keep a single-lens camera on the back of its new third-gen Pixel phones.

The Home Hub is tiny. Both respond to the same built-in Google Voice Assistant. For example, you can swipe down from the top to get a menu and swipe things off to the side like on Wear OS wearables. Live Albums with Google Photos is also arriving. And that's exactly what the Google Home Hub is all about.

You will now get the Google Assistant in the lockscreen, Google notes in a blog.

Check up on your home when you're away, or use it as a remote for your Google Home, Chromecast and other devices. But integration with Google's first-party apps is its biggest advantage over the Echo Show. Bring them up using Google Photos. That's OK because Google is attempting to make the smart home experience easier instead of trying to cram in more radios to broaden the types of products it works with. It will automatically detect the bulb and let you pair it. The device is a bit more compact than similar ones, which can be useful for smaller spaces. That is unless you find yourself needing a few to cover your kitchen, your living room, and your bedroom. I was downright surprised at how small Google's hub is: You can literally hold it in one hand. Of course, you can still use voice controls as well.

That light sensor monitors the ambient conditions and will adjust the screen accordingly, whether it's dimming at night time or getting the correct setting for the colour temperature.

This isn't battery powered so you'll need to hook it up to the mains.

Option connections are dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Google clearly designed the Hub to take on Amazon's Echo Show.

And it seemed that most people were happy to give credit where credit is due.

At the event, it sounded reasonably loud but was lacking in bass. We should not think about it as an Android tablet with a smart column.

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