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

12 Octubre, 2018, 10:04 | Author: Misty Newman
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Google announced yesterday a new Google Home device named Google Home Hub.

Let's see how these first-party smart displays compare.

I've been using Lenovo's Smart Display for over two months, so the product isn't a stranger to me at all.

Home Hub can do quite a bit, as the addition of a screen adds an entirely new dimension to Google Assistant. Asking for the weather will give you a full forecast, and you can follow up and ask to see more.

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The Home Hub is extremely compact, making it easy to place anywhere. In fact, if you have the most recent version of the Google Home mobile app, you can see this for yourself because the interface is cohesive between phones, tablets, and the Google Home Hub. The page notes that Google Home now allows users to "play at 2x speed", "play slower/faster", or "play at half the speed". "It also generates quick actions for important features across your home with immediate access to key experiences like turning on and off smart lights, viewing your cameras, and broadcasting messages to your other Google Home devices, Google notes on its blog". You can use Play Music though. If the feature doesn't work for you, then Google may be rolling it out in phases, and the support for increase/ decrease playback speed should arrive for all users soon. I was told that at this time, the focus is simply YouTube Premium. Google Assistant has seen some progress with smart displays from third parties, like the JBL Link View and Lenovo Smart Display, but we haven't seen a Google-made device with a touch screen until now.

Aside from slight software or feature differences between the Google Hub and now available smart displays, the real star is the single, cohesive interface Google is bringing to the smart home here.

You can use the Home Hub to show you a photo gallery when it's asleep, making it a digital picture frame. It only costs $149, which is about what you'd expect. 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.

Other than that, there's really just not a lot to say about the Home Hub. Furthermore, Google Home users are getting the ability to increase or decrease playback speed of news and podcasts, a feature that was only available for audiobooks previously. The device is a bit more compact than similar ones, which can be useful for smaller spaces.

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