Google Home Hub is Just Another Smart Display

11 October, 2018, 19:21 | Author: Sammy Rose

Rather than using one of the hardware platforms that Google certifies for other manufacturers, the Home Hub uses a processor from Amlogic.

The reason this makes sense is that compatibility with the Google Assistant/Google Home ecosystem is not optional for any smart home product or service. Asking for the weather will give you a full forecast, and you can follow up and ask to see more.

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.

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At the MadeByGoogle event in NYC on Tuesday, I spent some time with the new hub. It's not the first of its kind, as Lenovo already has the Smart Display, which has an identical feature set.

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. Both phones come in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink (yes, really). The Lenovo Smart Display is $199 and $249 for 8- and 10-inch models, so it's appropriate for the size. You know, in that it is a software-based smart home hub. Essentially, Google is providing an aggregation of your smart home devices in a simple, pleasing arrangement so you can adjust the environment easily with a touch. As you can see from the image above, you can use it to guide you through cooking something. 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. This includes that notch on the Pixel 3 XL, which many were hoping is not real. there was even a rumor that Google is hiding a special Pixel 3 Ultra up its sleeve - a phone with a huge display and no notch or chin to speak of.

Separately, the Google Home support page has been updated to support playback speed controls for news and podcasts. Did I want to see a Google hub with Zigbee and/or Z-Wave radios?

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