Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google Home Hub hands-on

Google Home Hub hands-on

"We have taken the world's best smartphone camera and made it even better", said Google's hardware chief Rick Osterloh during the launch event at Spring Studios, echoing a shot across the bow at Cupertino, Calif. -based Apple, which recently launched its new iPhones, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max and the upcoming iPhone Xr.

"We consciously did not put a camera on Hub", said Google's Diya Jolly during yesterday's presentation, "so that it was comfortable to use in the private spaces of your home, like your bedroom". You can get it in Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua, or Sand colours. The Google Home app has been updated to control multiple devices more easily and remotely, and access Google Assistant in-app as well.

Google Home Hub is a Google Home-branded speaker with a 7-inch LCD display that floats on a speaker base.

Google uses the screen to show you more information about the weather, about local restaurants, and so on. But for the most used common actions, all you need now is the new Google Home app. With the addition of a display on the Google Home and a few excellent features, it's a good bet that this will be the one. If you don't have the Home App you can download it below and then start spamming on that update button. Yes, users have to explicitly enable that drop-in feature on the Echo Show, but there's potential for mishaps and confusion there - even more so because Amazon's products don't include a physical camera cover.

Google's Home Hub automatically adjusts its settings depending on your behaviour and the time of day, and can be set up to intelligently display your cloud-stored photos.

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We consciously chose to not include a camera on Google Home Hub, so you feel comfortable placing it in the private spaces of your home, like the bedroom.

The app also lets you add "home members, ' who will have the ability to control connected devices from outside the local network". It is also compatible with smart TVs that have a built-in Chromecast.

Home view lets you control all of your internet of things devices with one clean interface. For example, you may see "living room lights on and front door locked" as your status, with a breakdown of your smart devices below it, allowing you to manipulate them directly from the Google Home Hub. A particular strength of the Google Home Hub is its YouTube handling, especially since Google has purposely hobbled the Amazon Echo Show's handing of this app.

Pre-orders are open now. It comes to Australia, the U.S. and the United Kingdom on October 22.

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