What is Google Home Hub and how does it work?

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"We have taken the world's best smartphone camera and made it even better", said Google's hardware chief Rick Osterloh during the launch event at Spring Studios, echoing a shot across the bow at Cupertino, Calif. -based Apple, which recently launched its new iPhones, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max and the upcoming iPhone Xr.

Google launched the new Google Home Hub at the event in NY yesterday, and now the company is rolling out a redesigned Google Home app for its Android and iOS users both. There are also other bundles, mostly focusing on Nest (also owned by Google) smart home products and the new Home Hub display.

Google Home devices use Google Assistant as a voice assistant, while the Amazon devices use Alexa.

The Google Home Hub is a 7-inch tablet mounted on a speaker that doubles as a base.

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

Starting with the Google Home app, the redesign brings all compatible smart devices in one place, and enables controlling them more easily, without having to go to each device's app separately.

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The photo feature may wind up being one of the most useful. But for the most used common actions, all you need now is the new Google Home app.

We consciously chose to not include a camera on Google Home Hub, so you feel comfortable placing it in the private spaces of your home, like the bedroom. Of course, when the Home Hub isn't busy broadcasting your front door camera or queuing up new music, it can display all your Google Photos albums and even update albums of specific people through facial recognition. It says the sensor "automatically detects and matches over 16 million combinations of light and colour, so your photos blend in with your home decor". Just swipe down from the top, and you can access all your rooms and devices. The devices also have upgraded camera technology, which includes a feature called NightSight specially designed for flash-free shots in low-light conditions. However, Google's upping the ante a bit by adding a bit of home-control interface to the mix via the Home View feature.

If you don't yet use Google Home for your smart home functions, click the button below to install it now! "We also added a feature for those of us who are on call to answer tech questions for our less-savvy family members that lets you control multiple homes", Google said in a blog post.

GoogleWhen will Google Home Hub be available?

The device is priced at $149 and will ship from 22 October 2018.

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