Google Home Hub Launched At $149

Google Home Hub Launched At $149

Google Home Hub Launched At $149

by October 14, 2018

Tech giant Google is building a robust Android ecosystem that smartly carves a niche for each of its products. Google’s smart AI assistant sits pretty at the core of this ecosystem and is an integral part powering the innovative products that are seeing the light of the day from the Google stable.

The Google AI powered smart assistant has made its way into many homes with the launch of its Google Home, Home Mini and Home Max. The latest addition to this portfolio and the ecosystem is the Google Home Hub. The Google Home Hub is the entire Google Home Max that comes with a display.

The Google Home Hub is a visual interface. It sports a 7-inch touchscreen display which is adorned with ambient light and colour sensors on the top bezels. The Home Hub comes with a pair of full-range speakers to ensure crystal clear sound. The standard far-field microphones can catch your voice from anywhere in the room and ensure that the devices plies to the voice command.

The Google Home Hub smart speakers are equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth for streaming. The Hub is powered by a 15W power adapter and weighs around 480 grams. As it comes with a compact build, the Google Home Hub can fit into very tight spaces as well.

The Google Home Hub comes with a Voice Match functionality which enables it to identify users. What’s more, the speaker can then display information that is very specific to the users such as the calendars, reminders, details of commute etc. The entire Google suite is available to users of Google Home Hub. The suite comprises products such as Search, Maps, Photos, YouTube, Calendar, etc. and it is made available with a voice command. The display of the Google Home Hub creates an immersive experience for the users. The device comes with a 6-month free access to YouTube premium service.

The display also enables users to convert the Google Home Hub into an interactive digital photo frame using Google Photos app. The ambient EQ technology enables to change the display saturation and it, in effect, ensures that the light is matching with that of the surroundings. It can turn off the screen of the Hub automatically at night. The Google Home Hub enables users to set a down time for it. During this period, the device shall not interact with anyone.

Furthermore, the Hub can be paired with a Nest Cam. It can be seamlessly paired with smart home appliances such as lights, TVs etc. It can connect with around 5,000 smart devices that are compatible with Google Home.

The Google Home Hub comes with a dashboard named as the Home View. This enables users to monitor all the smart devices at home using a single panel. The dashboard will also be extended to the users of the Google Home app.

The Google Home Hub sports the same look as the Home speakers and appears in a fabric mesh design and plastic body. The device will be offered in Chalk and Charcoal colour options. The pre-orders for the Google Home Hub have already begun via the Google Store. It will be up for sale in the US from 22 October onwards. The smart gadget will be available in the UK and Australia as well. The price of the Google Home Hub is $149 which roughly converts to around Rs. 11,000.

Google Pixel Slate

Google has also launched a new product named the Google Pixel Slate as an endeavour to improve the productivity and computing experience for its users. The new Google Pixel Slate sports a slim design coated in Midnight Blue colour. The bright display of the device comes with 293 ppi and uses low custom polycrystal technology. Google Pixel Slate incorporates dual front-firing speakers. Google has offered a three-month subscription of YouTube with Pixel Slate and Pixelbook including sports and music books. The Pixel Slate camera sensors comprise of an 8MP shooter in the rear and an 8MP shooter in the front. It can seamlessly synchronize with machine learning algorithms. The camera app supports Portrait mode.

Google has put a wide-angle lens up front on the device. It features a split screen for smooth multitasking and Google Assistant is deeply integrated on the new Pixel Slate. The new Pixel Slate comes with a family link and includes built-in virus protection. The device comes with an ML-based launcher and Titan security to protect important credentials. Google has also launched a Pixel Slate keyboard as well which can easily be connected to the Pixel Slate. The Google Pixel Slate will launch with a price tag of $599 which converts to a little over Rs 44,200.