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Google's Home Hub speaker is also a smart display (Update: Coming to Singapore)

By Marcus Wong - on 8 May 2019, 2:15am

Google's latest Home Hub speaker is a smart display

Update, May 8:

At Google I/O 2019 today, Google has announced that the Google Home Hub - now called the Google Nest Hub - is finally coming to Singapore, priced at US$129. However, there's no word on when the new 10-inch Nest Hub Max (US$229) is coming.

First published on Oct 10, 2018:

Google just announced a smart display this morning to let you not only hear the responses to your queries, but also see them. Created in partnership with Nest, the Home Hub comes with a 7” touchscreen display and far field microphones to better pick up your voice commands.

On that note, Home Hub comes with Voice Match technology so it can detect who is speaking, and offer a personalized response. Google demonstrated this by having an entire day’s schedule read out to the speaker just by him saying “Good morning”.

Google’s services like YouTube, Maps, Search, Calendar and Photos have all been updated so they have both voice commands and information you can view with just a glance at the Home Hub, and the smart display can also act as a universal controller for all the smart devices in your home thanks to the implementation of Home View technology. This is a dashboard that shows you the state of your entire home at a glance, letting you quickly change settings for your individual devices.

Google says they’ve got support for over 200 million devices from more than a thousand brands for this, and the feature will also be coming to the updated Google Home app, so you’ll be able to take control of your home from your phone.

When not in use, the Home Hub turns into a Google Photos-integrated photo frame, pulling out images whose colors best fit the décor of your home off the Cloud to display. You can also create Live Albums where you select specific people and Google will automatically populate the album with their photos as they add them to their albums, excluding the images that are blurry or duplicated.

Pre-orders for the Home Hub begin now, though the product is only set for launch in the US, UK and Australia on 22nd October for now. The Home Hub will be available in a choice of four colors- Sand, Aqua, Chalk and Coral, for a RRP of US$149. Availability and pricing for the rest of the world has yet to be announced.

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