Google’s next iteration of its Google Home hardware was unveiled today, the new Google Home Hub. The device is Google’s take on the Smart Display device’s that just hit the market last month. The Google Home Hub features multiple speakers and microphones like other Google Home devices, but its main attraction is its large display that’s big enough to be seen from across a room.
With Google Home Hub, Google Assistant can now identify the voices of everyone in your house so that it can deliver personalized answers to your questions. Gone are the days when you ask for your next calendar appointment and you get an item from your wife’s calendar.
Since the display is pretty large, Google also made sure it wouldn’t become an eye sore. The display will automatically adjust its brightness and screen temperature based on the lighting in the room. If you turn down the lights to watch a movie, Google Home Hub will adjust accordingly so that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.
The Home View feature gives you a look at all of the devices that are connected to Google Home, allowing you to see the status of each device so that you can control it or change settings. As you’d expect, 200 million devices from over 1,000 brands. Since not all Google Home users will be upgrading to the Home Hub, Google is also enabling Home View through an app on your phone.
Naturally, there’s deep integration with Nest products. As an example, Google Home Hub’s screen will automatically switch to your Nest doorbell camera as soon as someone rings the bell.
Hub will also work with a new Live Album feature from Google Photos which updates as you take new photos of a specific location, object, events or people. Live Albums can be shared with friends and family so that they can also see your pictures as soon as they are taken. It will filter out blurry shots, duplicates and other images that aren’t perfect for sharing.
Google Home Hub is available for pre-order for $149 starting today and it comes with 6 months free access to YouTube Premium so that you can listen to music without interruption.