Google, in an attempt to up their assistant game, has launched its new Google Home Hub to compete against Amazon’s Echo Show and the recently launched Facebook Portal.
The main objective behind the Google Home Hub is to enable users to see and interact with responses from the Google Assistant rather than just being able to hear responses. Google claims to have revamped a lot of services like Search, YouTube, Maps, Calendar, Photos etc. (basically most of its native apps and services) to be able to run them optimally on the Google Home Hub.
Interestingly, the main highlight of similar products like these, for example, the Echo Show or Facebook Portal is the ability to make video calls using the built-in camera. However, this causes a lot of privacy concern as users would not find it comfortable to have an always-on camera or microphone in their living rooms. Thus, Google decided to leave out the camera on the Home Hub.
A major highlight of the Google Home Hub is the new Home View pane which allows you to control all of your smart devices at one go. Be it integration with Nest products like your doorbell, or the lights in your living room. Also, having a large 7-inch display means you’ll be able to use the Home Hub as a photo frame linked to your Google Photos account.
If you wish to use the Google Home Hub as your companion in the Kitchen, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a new step-by-step recipe feature which works based on your voice controls. Since it links to your Google account, the Home Hub also has voice match which can determine who is speaking to it based on which it can provide customized results.
Other than these highlights, the Google Home Hub can also be used as a regular speaker to play your music or perform day-to-day tasks like asking for the weather forecast or set reminders. The Google Home Hub will be available in four colors – Aqua, Sand, Charcoal and White and will retail for $149 starting October 22nd.