Google Home Hub - Google Assistant With A Display

What is Google Home Hub and how does it work?

It's unclear if the differences in operating systems will bring exclusive features to the Home Hub. That's one of the selling points here, because as I mentioned above, Lenovo's Smart Displays are larger, which is great if that's what you want. The search giant stated that the reason for some of these differences was because Smart Displays don't have Chromecast built-in and because they aren't classified as audio devices or speakers.

The Google Home Hub is based around a 7-inch touch screen and can do all the usual hub smart speaker type tasks as well as the new visually enhanced ones outlined above. Like everything else on offer by Google lately, this piece of hardware is different not only because of how it is built, but also because of the software experience within.

Let's see how these first-party smart displays compare. They all run Android Things OS (a specialized version of Android for IoT devices) on top of a standardized hardware platform (like those from MediaTek and Qualcomm).

Google is also touting "Ambient EQ" for its own Home Hub: The light sensor is tuned to adjust the display brightness better than on the Lenovo and JBL products.

Other than that, there's really just not a lot to say about the Home Hub. It brings a basic yet powerful set of controls for your smart home devices. The Google Home Hub is a fantastic addition to the Google Home family and I don't know why it took until now to show up, but I can confidently say this going to be a consumer favorite when it launches soon for only $149.

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When asked why Google chose to deviate away from Android Things for its device, Jolly said, "There's no particular reason". "We just felt we could bring the experience to bear with Cast, and the experiences are the same", Jolly said.

Instead of hiding the controls deep in the Google Home app, a simple swipe down from the top of the screen brings up a dashboard with all your smart devices in a quick-access fashion, allowing you to control your connected stuff easily.

The primary question we're left with is, what other differences will there be between the Home Hub and other Smart Displays?

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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