Google Home Hub is all about simplifying the smart home experience

Google Home Hub is all about simplifying the smart home experience

Google Home Hub is all about simplifying the smart home experience

But with the release of the company's newest Home product-Home Hub-the app is getting a svelte makeover to match the overall aesthetic. What Google typically does better than most is software, but not necessarily this time. It's not. It's just a Google-branded smart display. At launch, Google partnered with Lenovo and JBL to bring the Smart Display to market, opting not to build one of their own. In some ways, I still do.

The new parts on offer here are all software based, though.

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The Discover page shows recommended Assistant commands, Chromecast apps, and any available promotions while the Browse section aims to be a hub for movies, TV shows, and music Google thinks you'll be interested in.

A Google spokesperson previously confirmed in our review of the JBL Link View that multi-room support for smart displays in grouped speakers was due to land at some point, allowing you to place smart displays in groups that include other display-less Assistant-powered speakers. Coming at the end of the month, the update will introduce some much-requested changes, such as multi-room audio grouping, as well as features shown off at the recent Made By Google event.

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I didn't hear as much low end as the Google Home delivers, but the sound was full and loud. I was downright surprised at how small Google's hub is: You can literally hold it in one hand.

Lastly, you can use Google Home Hub to watch YouTube videos - something you can't do on Amazon's Echo devices. Similarly, tapping a thermostat will bring up control for controlling the climate control system.

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Whenever you say "Hey Google, good morning" to Google Home Hub, it will immediately serve up a personalised, visual overview of your family's activities from Google Calendar, your commute from Google Maps, your latest reminders, the weather forecast, etc, according to Google. This updated interface will also be rolling out to the Google Home app as well, really cleaning up the interface you have to use on a phone to control all your things. So things like receipts or screenshots that were uploaded to your Google Photos won't be mixed in with portraits or landscapes, and blurry or duplicate photos won't make the cut. Of course, you can still use voice controls as well. Google Photos automatically adds new photos, avoiding duplicates and blurry shots, and you can share your live album, so when that person sets up their Home Hub, they'll see your album.

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