Simply put, the Google Home Hub is a visual interface which is meant to help you accomplish everyday tasks. It looks like a tablet, and is focused on making your life easier, from organizing your schedule to making grocery lists.
Here's what else you should know about the smart device.
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What is a Google Home Hub?
At a basic level, it's the next step in the Google Assistant, and it has the Assistant built in so you can use those voice commands while using the Hub.
The Google Home Hub also has Chromecast and Bluetooth 5 built in, and is compatible with Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks.
What can the Google Home Hub do?
The Google Home Hub can do things like:
- Allow you to view your daily schedule, commute, and reminders
- Control compatible lights, cameras, and TV's
- Access "visual, immersive" answers to your questions about things like recipes, local weather and businesses, and more
- Play music
- See your photos in Google Photos
- Watch the news
- Make calls (in the U.S., these only work domestically)
- Create shopping lists
- Secure your house and control your thermostat (if your systems are compatible)
- Control other compatible smart devices, like Google Home
How the Google Home Hub compares to other similar products
Compared to Google's other Home products, the Hub is the most robust, offering both the voice commands of Google Assistant (a common thread for the Nest line) as well as a touchscreen interface, thereby increasing its possibilities for use to things like videos and text-based tools.
But it can take up more counter or surface space than the smaller products, like the Home Mini.
When you look outside of the Google Home line at comparable visual smart home products, there are more factors to consider.
Amazon's Echo Show, for example, maintains the voice-assistant trend, offering Alexa as its assistant. The display is smaller at 5.5 inches, and still lets you do things like check out your calendar, control your compatible smart home devices, watch videos, and call or message friends and family.
You can also turn off the camera — which the Home Hub does not have — and mic with the touch of a button for privacy. It retails for about $65 on Amazon.
Whether the Nest Hub is right for you will depend on your values and budget. But for those who are a fan of Google's products, it may be a good option.