Google's Home Hub is more like a Chromecast than an Android tablet

JBL and Lenovo's attempts at this have been solid, but now it's Google's turn. "It also generates quick actions for important features across your home with immediate access to key experiences like turning on and off smart lights, viewing your cameras, and broadcasting messages to your other Google Home devices, Google notes on its blog". In that respect, it's more closely related to the Chromecast and Google Home than other smart displays. In other words, you can now control different types of devices from different hardware makers in a central location, much as you might from a "real" hardware hub such as Wink Hub or the Amazon Echo Plus, which provides a built-in Zigbee hub.

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

Let's see how these first-party smart displays compare. However, the Home Hub is something entirely different.

It's definitely odd to see Google develop an entire ecosystem for third-party Assistant smart displays, and then use something else for its own device.

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It comes in four colors: Charcoal, Aqua, Chalk, and Sand. Notably, the support page also suggests that users can now ask Google Home to read news about a topic, for example "Listen to news about North Korea", or "Play the latest on Donald Trump". The Lenovo Smart Display is $199 and $249 for 8- and 10-inch models, so it's appropriate for the size.

Ultimately, the Home Hub is just a hardware-based middleman that sits, physically, between you and the Google Assistant and its cloud-based capabilities. Of course, you can still use voice controls as well. As more pictures of those people are added, Google will dynamically update the album on the Home Hub. The idea is to remove what Google calls the "billboard effect" where your eyes are drawn to the brightness of the display in a dim room.

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