Google Home Hub Review: Hands-on with New Smart Display

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Amazon pioneered the progression of voice-controlled ambient computing with its Alexa-powered smart speakers.

We've covered Smart Displays before and the entire concept dates all the way back to CES 2018 back in January.

That price puts the Lenovo's Smart Display at a higher cost than the Amazon's Echo Show, which goes for about $229. But if you want more accurate answers to questions, or options for calling and texting are most important to you, get the Echo Show. Microsoft's plan was great, but the execution poor, and competitors like Google introduced products that are everything Microsoft's should have been. Similarly, Google also announced that new Home Hub features such as Home View and Live Albums will arrive on all existing Smart Displays, which will also get the multi-room audio feature.

On the other hand, as Android Police points out, 10,000 gadgets still pales against Amazon's Alexa who shows support for over 20,000 gadgets.

And Amazon has just made the Echo Show officially available here in Australia, joining the Echo Spot, with its small circular screen.

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After that, assuming we have time, we'll get into the Razer Phone 2, new Essential Phone news, the death of Google+, and when the OnePlus is coming. If you already have a Google Home device, you can snag the two-packs of either day or night bulbs for US$25 and US$35, respectively.

To be clear, a lot of these Google Assistant updates will hit Google-branded devices first, especially the Google Pixel 3 and Google Home Hub.

Consumers can control more than 10,000 products, such as lights, home heating, smart TVs, from more than 1,000 manufacturers via a single interface.

Background: Google Assistant has steadily been getting updates over the past few years, since Google launched it in 2016.

Recently, Google has brought about some enhancements to its Google Home app. Essentially, Google is providing an aggregation of your smart home devices in a simple, pleasing arrangement so you can adjust the environment easily with a touch. Here's our hands-on review of the Home Hub. That's OK because Google is attempting to make the smart home experience easier instead of trying to cram in more radios to broaden the types of products it works with. Although Google paid attention to the Hub's aesthetics, its biggest feature is the ability to use the Google Assistant to show information from the search giant's services on the Hub's display.

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