Google Home Hub is all about simplifying the smart home experience

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Furthermore, Google Home users are getting the ability to increase or decrease playback speed of news and podcasts, a feature that was only available for audiobooks previously.

One other pretty significant difference between the Home Hub and other Smart Displays is what's found under the hood. Google's is a bit smaller though, with a seven-inch display where Lenovo's comes in eight and 10 inches. It sports a 7-inch touch screen, a speaker, and far-field microphone array to let you use Google Assistant. As you can see from the image above, you can use it to guide you through cooking something. You can go through the ingredients and recipe steps, one by one, and Google Home Hub will save your place if you want to stop and multitask while doing food prep.

You can do lots of other things too.

Whenever you say "Hey Google, good morning" to Google Home Hub, it will immediately serve up a personalised, visual overview of your family's activities from Google Calendar, your commute from Google Maps, your latest reminders, the weather forecast, etc, according to Google.

At the MadeByGoogle event in NYC on Tuesday, I spent some time with the new hub.

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Aside from slight software or feature differences between the Google Hub and now available smart displays, the real star is the single, cohesive interface Google is bringing to the smart home here. You can use it in the kitchen, living room, bedroom, or anywhere else. Being able to do that without holding your phone up is obviously a better experience - but it remains to be seen if it's something that would make shoppers pick one smart display over another. The Google Home app has been updated to control multiple devices more easily and remotely, and access Google Assistant in-app as well. The display is backed by a "crystal clear speaker" and the attractive design with fabric base and rounded corner display is available in Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua and Sand finishes.

It costs $149 in the United States (£13 in the UK) from Google Store. For $149, this may be a compelling purchase for those who were considering similar, but more expensive, products such as the Smart Displays from Lenovo and JBL.

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

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