Google Home Hub is all about simplifying the smart home experience

Joanna Estrada
October 11, 2018

A couple of days back we saw Facebook launch its Portal and Portal+ smart speakers with screens and these majored on their AI camera people tracking ability and video calling capability however Google says it has deliberately chosen not to install a camera on the Home Hub "so you feel comfortable placing it in the private spaces of your home, like the bedroom".

One swipe shows touchable controls and status of lights - both power and dimming - cameras, thermostats, sensors and any other compatible smart home devices you have.

The Home Hub is extremely compact, making it easy to place anywhere. 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. Home Hub owners can get hands-free recipe advice while they're cooking and watch how to prepare ingredients, which is a feature rivals have highlighted, too.

Google Home Hub doubles as a photo frame.

Another thing you'll notice about the Pixel 3 launcher is that it uses adaptive icons on all apps for a more consistent look. The Home Hub may not be the solution, but it's a step in the right direction. Google Photos automatically adds new photos, avoiding duplicates and blurry shots, and you can share your live album, so when that person sets up their Home Hub, they'll see your album. You can even give other members of the family access to those devices. There is also an option available to broadcast a message or check your cameras (like through Nest Hello) or turn up the volume on the TV, and so on. And while we're at it, let's throw in the Amazon Echo Spot, considering it's closer in price to the Hub than the Show and also earned an Editors' Choice from us. When you consider the cost and convenience, these C by GE bulbs easily beat out much of the competition.

It comes in four colors: Charcoal, Aqua, Chalk, and Sand. I was told that at this time, the focus is simply YouTube Premium. Indeed, Google will likely sell customers on the benefit of having multiple Hubs around the house.

One thing to note is that buying from Verizon and picking up a device in store should be possible on October 18, but may result in receiving a device with a locked bootloader as well as unwanted Verizon apps pre-loaded onto the phone.

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