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

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

After today's Made by Google event where Google took the wraps off the new Home View controls for Google Smart Displays, we're now getting an update to the Google Home app to bring smart home control right into the redesigned Google Home app.

Google Home devices use Google Assistant as a voice assistant, while the Amazon devices use Alexa. Asking for the weather will give you a full forecast, and you can follow up and ask to see more.

You can do lots of other things too.

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It's definitely unusual to see Google develop an entire ecosystem for third-party Assistant smart displays, and then use something else for its own device. But the Google Home Hub isn't the hub I wanted. For $149, this may be a compelling purchase for those who were considering similar, but more expensive, products such as the Smart Displays from Lenovo and JBL. I have the 10-inch Lenovo model on my bedroom nightstand and I keep the camera covered unless I'm on a Google Duo call, which is rare.

It comes in four colors: Charcoal, Aqua, Chalk, and Sand. The Google Home app has been updated to control multiple devices more easily and remotely, and access Google Assistant in-app as well. Tell Google Home Hub that you'd like to see pictures of a person or people and it will automatically display them as a screensaver that doubles as a digital photo frame. Rick Osterloh, the Senior Vice President of Google products, claimed that it will facilitate screen-locking, as well as many other aspects of security, on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL during their launch. Notably, the support page also suggests that users can now ask Google Home to read news about a topic, for example "Listen to news about North Korea", or "Play the latest on Donald Trump".

The smart home consumer at-large however just wants a clean, simple way to interact with the devices they have.

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