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Google unveils Home Hub

10 October 2018

Google unveiled its new Pixel 3 phones, Pixel Slate tablet and HomeHub device at a glitzy event in NY on Tuesday, as it looks to up the ante with Apple for consumer's spending this holiday season. There are also other bundles, mostly focusing on Nest (also owned by Google) smart home products and the new Home Hub display.

Being a Google Assistant-driven device, the Google Home Hub responds to queries well - not just due to the assistant's superior proclivities and adeptness with search, but also through useful visual aids on the screen. The Google Home Mini, the entry-level smart speaker with Google Assistant, will be available for Rs 2,449, which is a discount of Rs 2,050 over its regular retail price of Rs 4,499.

Google uses the screen to show you more information about the weather, about local restaurants, and so on.

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The new speaker, to be sold for $149, is powered by Google's smart digital assistant and is designed "to get the state of the entire home" by connecting to other smart devices, said Google vice president of product management Diya Jolly. It has a display and you can interact with the display, watch it, touch it and see more details. It means customers can put the Home Hub anywhere, like a bedside table, without worrying about a security flaw exposing that room to the world.

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.

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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The app also lets you add "home members, ' who will have the ability to control connected devices from outside the local network". However, Google's upping the ante a bit by adding a bit of home-control interface to the mix via the Home View feature.

In addition to unified view for devices, the Google Home app now also lets you check in on your home, or your devices rather, even when you're not at home.

The Google Home Hub, competing against Amazon's Echo Show, was unveiled at a NY media event at which the tech giant also announced its upgraded Pixel 3 smartphone and a new tablet computer dubbed Pixel Slate. With over 200 million compatible devices, this smart screen can be a true control hub, via the screen or your voice. Google's devices will be available starting October 18.

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For voice to really take off consumers will need screen-based devices at affordable prices.

Google unveils Home Hub