Google Details New Software Updates Coming to Android and Smart Displays

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If you buy and register before 31 December 2018, then you'll get six months of YouTube Premium for free.

Video calls: No camera is offered on the Home Hub.

Also, other family members can have access to such a facility only when the Google Home app is installed over their devices, and you permit them.

It comes in four colors: Charcoal, Aqua, Chalk, and Sand.

Home Hub features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which allows users to cast their phone content to the device. The Home Hub is 7 inches wide and 4.65 inches high and weighs just 16.9 ounces, while the bulkier Echo Show is 9.7 inches wide and 6.9 inches high and weighs in a 3.9 pounds.Credit: GoogleThe Home Hub is very small, and could easily perch on your bedpost, a nightstand, or the corner of your counter. It will even play music for you.

If you're looking for something colorful, and particularly if your home has a pastel color scheme, the Home Hub is for you. In our Assistant Showdown, Google Assistant edged out Alexa, but just barely.

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You'll be able to do things like setting timers or reminders without using your PIN or fingerprint, as you now have to. The Google Home app helps you get all the details. Although the updates below are coming to the Google Home Hub (and Google really wants you to know that), the features are also coming to the other two, non-Google devices. That makes it more of a direct challenger to the Echo Show than the Portal is.

When it came time to build the Google Home Hub, Google didn't use any of this. 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. You'll be able to control compatible devices (like Nest and Philips Hue) with your voice or touch. It will automatically detect the bulb and let you pair it. Or, you can ask "How much time have I spent on my phone today" to keep track of your time spent on the phone.

These routines have nearly endless combinations and possibilities and could make the Home Hub one of the most useful things in the house.

"We consciously did not put a camera on the Hub so you can use it in private spaces like your bedroom", she said.

Google, meanwhile, only has one camera on the Pixel range but it's often ranked as one of the best on any smartphone. The bit above the display is a light sensor. Since rear-facing cameras are typically used to shoot subjects that are much further away, this is less of an issue.

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