The Google Nest Hub smart display has landed in Singapore – at long last adding convenience to home automation with a 7-inch touchscreen interface. The Google Nest Hub, previously called the Google Home Hub, has rivals like the Amazon Echo Show and the Facebook Portal – neither of which have yet launched locally.
Many of the functions on the Google Nest Hub are enabled with the indomitable Google Assistant, otherwise accessible on compatible devices like the Google Home and Google Home Mini. Checking the weather, playing your music and media on your various Cast-enabled devices, along with command-and-control of your various smart home devices.
However, with the addition of the touchscreen display, users can now stream and view videos on YouTube, visually preview their commute on Google Maps, or browse step-by-step recipes online.
Users can also use the Google Nest Hub as a photo frame, automatically shuffling through photos from Google Photos albums. The Ambient EQ sensor on the top of the display adjusts the output of the display to blend in to the lighting conditions of your room to be as unobtrusive as possible – making it a great bedside companion.
Up to six users’ voices can be recognised by the Google Nest Hub, which would give access to personal information on Google Calendar and customised news and reminders.
The Google Nest Hub lacks cameras for video conferencing, but like the Google Home, sports two far-field microphones that pick up commands from across the room. Like its other smart speakers, the microphones on the Google Nest Hub can be muted with a switch.
Google in the brief of the launch of the Google Home assured users that the microphones only listen out for the “OK, Google” trigger phrase before linking to Google’s servers to process queries and commands.
The Google Nest Hub is available in Charcoal and Chalk colours at Courts, M1 and Challenger at SGD 189.