Google Opts Against Android Things For Home Hub Smart Display

Google Home Hub

The new device also can allow users to play music and videos from Google-owned YouTube. Often, the important stuff is buried within several subsections, while the less essential stuff is more prominent. As more pictures of those people are added, Google will dynamically update the album on the Home Hub.

Now in its third generation, Google has been quite slow to bring its flagship smartphones to a wider audience, especially considering how easy it is to find a competing devices practically anywhere you live. It has a display and you can interact with the display, watch it, touch it and see more details. Although Google paid attention to the Hub's aesthetics, its biggest feature is the ability to use the Google Assistant to show information from the search giant's services on the Hub's display.

The main highlight is a new Home View, which you can see by swiping down on the display at any time.

On the other hand, as Android Police points out, 10,000 gadgets still pales against Amazon's Alexa who shows support for over 20,000 gadgets.

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The Home Hub is surprisingly diddy in real life, effectively a 7in tablet with medium sized bezels fixed to a small base. Like the iPhone, Google's new blower put a notch at the top to include the front-facing camera and speaker whilst still removing bezels from around the rest of the phone.

With smart speakers and smart TVs already seeing mainstream adoption, the fully connected smart home no longer seems like a futuristic dream. Google's take on the "smart display" (ahem, Echo Show) - the Google Home Hub - is here, and it's cheaper than its counterparts.

The Google Home Hub is launching in Australia on October 23 for $219. The Echo Show has a camera, enabling calls to the Alexa app or another Echo device with a screen. The Home Hub is also the only Google smart display with a temperature changing display, thanks to both the high-quality display and the brightness sensor that can pick up the ambient light color. The Google Home Hub has acceptable audio, but it won't fill the room at full volume. Lastly, as mentioned previously, Google Assistant is now accessible from the Google Home app itself.

For the first time, smart bulbs can pair automatically by Bluetooth with Google Home devices and appear on your Google Home app without the middleman.

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