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Google Home Hub - Google Assistant With A Display

Google Home Hub's new Home View feature

The smart lightbulbs by GE that don't require a hub. The only Google Home feature that hasn't yet made it to smart displays is Google's "continued conversation" ability, which I'm told is still being worked on.

Google formally owns a chunk of HTC's smartphone division - 2,000 engineers and non-exclusive license for intellectual property - now but looks like it did not play any significant role in designing and building the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones.

Whereas Facebook Portal offers a video calling/chat capability as its major selling point, Google Home Hub, like Amazon Show, is positioned around the potential to stream video content and access visual apps. You can order it from Google.

And another JBL bonus is that there's a 5MP front-facing camera on the Link View.

If you buy and register before 31 December 2018, then you'll get six months of YouTube Premium for free. Not just for the Pixel 3 but across the Pixel Slate and Home Hub too.

You'll be able to do things like setting timers or reminders without using your PIN or fingerprint, as you now have to.

The Home Hub is extremely compact, making it easy to place anywhere.

Google has announced the Google Hub, its first smart home speaker with a screen.

If you're looking for something colorful, and particularly if your home has a pastel color scheme, the Home Hub is for you. Live Albums with Google Photos is also arriving. And that's exactly what the Google Home Hub is all about.

Check up on your home when you're away, or use it as a remote for your Google Home, Chromecast and other devices. Asking for the weather will give you a full forecast, and you can follow up and ask to see more. Google's Super Res Zoom is impressive indeed, but the clarity doesn't even come close to matching the photo captured using the iPhone XS's optical zoom. The Home app supports more than 10,000 connected devices which means you can control your speakers, lights, cameras, blinds, heating and more by using Google Assistant. 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. It will automatically detect the bulb and let you pair it. Equally you might find you rarely use it. The Home Hub, contrary to its name, doesn't have such a hub. The bit above the display is a light sensor.

Pressed on whether Portal users will end up seeing marketing messages he insists that isn't part of the plan: "We have no plans to add advertising to this and we have no ambition to make money on this piece of hardware right now". It seems to work very well during demos. In terms of connectivity, it's got dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.

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