Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Google launches Echo Show rival with Home Hub

Google launches Echo Show rival with Home Hub

Often, the important stuff is buried within several subsections, while the less essential stuff is more prominent.

The Home Hub incorporates a 7-inch touch screen with fabric wrapped speakers, and claims to offer hands-free photo YouTube and Google Photo consumption. Then again Amazon was the first one to kick off this trend when it rolled out the Echo, which prompted firms such as Apple, Google, and Samsung to follow the fashion with similar devices. You can use Play Music though.

With Lenovo Smart Display, you get to enjoy everything Google home was offering, plus the ability to watch YouTube videos, cast applications to the display as well as ask all the questions you might have about anything. These actions were already available for audiobooks and now it has been introduced for news and podcasts as well.

It comes in four colors: Charcoal, Aqua, Chalk, and Sand. What it doesn't have is a camera, which we're pretty happy about, because we don't really want a gadget that's connected to our Google accounts to also be watching us.

Google also showed off some new features coming to all smart displays.

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Other than that, there's really just not a lot to say about the Home Hub.

The $149 device is available for pre-order online from the Google store, and will go on sale at Best Buy, Target, Walmart and other retailers starting on October 22.

Google has been beavering away on Google Assistant for a good couple of years now, adding in new features, improving its AI, and bundling it inside more devices and form factors. Like the iPhone, Google's new blower put a notch at the top to include the front-facing camera and speaker whilst still removing bezels from around the rest of the phone. Now it has started rolling out a revamped Google Home app for both iOS and Android users.

Google on Tuesday debuted its Google Home Hub smart display device, a video-focused product positioned as a direct competitor to Amazon's Echo Show, and whose unveiling came just a day after Facebook rolled out its own video-enabled smart speaker. From the Home app, you can set your Ambient Display to only show random images of particular faces. The Google Home Hub has acceptable audio, but it won't fill the room at full volume. Google and GE have a "Smart light starter kit" product, which pairs a Google Home Mini with a single light bulb in one box.

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