Like everything else on offer by Google lately, this piece of hardware is different not only because of how it is built, but also because of the software experience within. You can get it in Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua, or Sand colours.
As for the Google Home Hub itself, I don't see what all the fuss is.
We've covered Smart Displays before and the entire concept dates all the way back to CES 2018 back in January. The geeks over at Stacey on IoT feel free strongly about this topic, but I think Google's strategy is correct: It has put its hub functionality in the cloud, tied to your Google account, so that it's now available from the Google Home app on mobile, or on the Google Home Hub and, soon, other smart displays. Similarly, tapping a thermostat will bring up control for controlling the climate control system.
Instead of hiding the controls deep in the Google Home app, a simple swipe down from the top of the screen brings up a dashboard with all your smart devices in a quick-access fashion, allowing you to control your connected stuff easily. In other words, you can now control different types of devices from different hardware makers in a central location, much as you might from a "real" hardware hub such as Wink Hub or the Amazon Echo Plus, which provides a built-in Zigbee hub. If someone walks up and rings your Nest doorbell, for example, the live video will automatically appear on the Google Home Hub. We've been covering all of them on the website, but if you're looking for a quick roundup, here's one ...
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Other smart displays will get these features with a software update.
Google Home Hub doubles as a photo frame.
You can now use Google Assistant to create multi-room audio using your smart speakers, which includes the Google Home Hub. As more pictures of those people are added, Google will dynamically update the album on the Home Hub.
Those of you who already pre-ordered your Google Pixel 3 or Google Home Hub should check out the list below as it will give you an idea of all the cool new tricks you'll have access to. 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. Sure. But those desires are more for the early smart home adopters and they are still a niche audience. And that's exactly what the Google Home Hub is all about. This will be a much easier solution to sharing control of our smart home devices.