Google Home app updated in time for stronger smart home push

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Now, Google has one. Plus, you can just say to Home Hub, "Hey Google, show my pictures from LA", and voila!

"We consciously did not put a camera on Hub", said Google's Diya Jolly during yesterday's presentation, "so that it was comfortable to use in the private spaces of your home, like your bedroom".

Bottom line: Pre-ordering a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL from Google will no longer get it to you on day one. Lastly, as mentioned previously, Google Assistant is now accessible from the Google Home app itself. That's a plus from a privacy perspective, although Lenovo and JBL do provide a physical camera cover.

Google Home devices use Google Assistant as a voice assistant, while the Amazon devices use Alexa. Aside from four color options, some unique features and some that will arrive on the competing products soon. Called Google Home Hub, it's a smart display with built-in Google Assistant. It brings a basic yet powerful set of controls for your smart home devices. This will be a much easier solution to sharing control of our smart home devices.

Additionally, Google has brought a tighter integration with Google Photos into the mix. Side-stepping any potential mishaps that could come along with an internet-connected camera feels like the right decision.

And suggested responses will appear on the display: Tap one and it will be announced to your visitor, so they hear, "Sorry, we're not interested" when a salesperson is trying to hawk their wares.

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No more will I be the only user who controls the thermostat, doorbell, locks, etc.

The internal hardware is also different than other smart displays. All they need is to have the new Google Home app installed and you can all live the convenient, smart home lifestyle.

Google uses the screen to show you more information about the weather, about local restaurants, and so on.

GoogleHow does Google Home Hub work? Photos displayed on the Google Home Hub should blend in the room - thanks to no glowing screen. The idea is to remove what Google calls the "billboard effect" where your eyes are drawn to the brightness of the display in a dim room.

Google Home Hub costs $149/£139 and comes with 6 months of YouTube Premium. Sure. But those desires are more for the early smart home adopters and they are still a niche audience. You can control over 10,000 types of smart home devices from over 1,000 popular brands. Indeed, Google will likely sell customers on the benefit of having multiple Hubs around the house.

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