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Google announced the Google Home Hub, its new screened smart speaker, at its hardware event in New York on Tuesday, reports Business Insider. The new $149 device will add to Google’s existing hardware lineup, and serves as an indicator of the direction the company is looking to take with its newly defined “thoughtful home” approach.
The search giant intends to use its various hardware products to offer a means of controlling the home in a way that merges this hardware with AI and deepens the user’s integration with, and dependence on, the broader Google ecosystem.
Google’s Home Hub is a smart speaker featuring a seven-inch screen. The device is the search leader’s response to Amazon’s Echo Show, which debuted last year and was recently refreshed to include a larger screen and sleeker appearance. But, unlike the Echo Show — which is meant to add a new means of viewing content and products — the Home Hub is aimed first and foremost at corralling a user’s connected home devices and bringing all the data they generate into one place.
The Home Hub includes smart home control dashboards and integrates with Google-owned Nest products and other devices. This means that a consumer can use it to easily set up routines as well as to monitor the status of various connected devices around their home. And it combines that home data with other information that’s pertinent to the consumer’s day based on what Google Assistant knows about the user, such as how long it will take to get to work, what tasks or reminders they’ve set up, and what’s on their calendar for the day. The Home Hub lets Google’s voice assistant support the user and aid them as they start and end their days at home.
While Google’s new Home Hub might do well in the near term, it will likely add to smart home confusion and disillusion overall. The screened smart speaker is yet another device that requires a place in the home and serves a small set of defined functions.
Many, if not most, of its functions could be carried out by one or more of the devices that most consumers already have in their homes, such as docked smartphones — Google even introduced the charging Pixel Stand at the same event, which enables its flagship smartphone to serve as a smaller facsimile of the Home Hub — or TVs with either smart capabilities or connected by Chromecast.
Though emphasizing the ways Google’s devices provide a portal to services and control the home is a smart strategy, Amazon’s approach to the same goal — integrating microphones and speakers into devices around the home — seems to be the better path, as it provides a less disruptive …read more
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