Smart speakers with screens - Google Home Hub, JBL and Amazon

Angelica Greene
October 12, 2018

That could be beneficial for some users, as it could mean the device is capable of streaming videos from the likes of Netflix and BBC iPlayer, something the third-party smart displays are incapable of. I'll let you decide after you see what the new Google Home Hub can do.

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.

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At its Made by Google event this week, the Google Assistant got a slew of new updates on the software side, while Google also debuted the new Home Hub. The Google Assistant-powered Google Home and Apple's Siri-powered HomePod eventually followed.

At this stage, Google hasn't spoken about using other apps for voice calling, or video calling on their Smart Displays. This will be a much easier solution to sharing control of our smart home devices. We've already seen that portrait mode photos taken with single-lens cameras can be quite impressive, and now Google's new "Super Res Zoom" feature on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL has been put to the test. However, as the technology advances, so is the need for a Smart Speaker that can do more than just that, which is what led to the creation of Google's Lenovo Smart Display.

All previous "smart displays" with Google Assistant are almost identical under the hood.

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Coming to the newly added features of Google Home app, it brings all smart devices at one place and will allow the users to control them simultaneously at one go.

The $149 device is available for pre-order online from the Google store, and will go on sale at Best Buy, Target, Walmart and other retailers starting on October 22.

When it came time to build the Google Home Hub, Google didn't use any of this.

You will now get the Google Assistant in the lockscreen, Google notes in a blog.

So no video support, but Google hopes this will make consumers feel more comfortable about having the product in and around different parts of their home.

Live TV: Many network and cable TV shows can be viewed via a $39.99 subscription to Hulu Live TV. And with its built-in smart-home hub and camera for video calling and Skype, it's really shaping up to be an all-purpose device for smart-home owners. Asking for the weather will give you a full forecast, and you can follow up and ask to see more. Of course, you can still use voice controls as well.

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