Google gives a video to the speech speaker category to the new Google Home Hub. Jefferson Graham, TODAY, explains why the device has potential.
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – A year ago, we were delighted with what was known as the Google Home Hub, which is one of the top 10 tech products in 2018, with one caveat. We wanted it to be more.
Now, the all-new version, and yes, is more in stores, with a higher 10-inch price tag (up from 7 inches) ($ 229, vs $ 129) and a new confusing name.
The Old Hub is now called the Hub Nest, and the Hub Nest Max is the biggest, new version. (To keep it in Nest's family, the best known brand for a Google-owned digital thermostat.) But to drive you crazy, Google still calls the original speaker designed to take Google Amazon as Google Home .
And you can't set up Nest Hubs without first downloading or updating the app called Google Home.
Suggest a new Google Nest Max, with a ten-inch screen, back with the old Nest Hub, with a 7 inch screen. (Photo: Jefferson Graham) t
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There were two reasons why we fell in love with the Hub: It was affordable and made a photo of a sweet digital photo frame and a YouTube viewer. But that sad, a year later, delete Google's price advantage. And Google did not set some of the basic smart weaknesses in a Google Assistant.
The new version is only three inches larger, but this is height and width, and the difference is striking. It is not, but it feels almost twice the size when it is shown back. And that's a good thing. The old one seems to be so small and worn out now.
How they are met
Amazon's Echo Show is also $ 229 $ 229, a 10-inch video viewer, but one that corresponds to Alexa, but historically the e-tailer has a huge discount and is expected to give a new version. soon into. The Facebook Portal is $ 179, a 10-inch viewer, and the company is announcing a remodeled version today with more photos and the ability to make phone calls to Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp users. (Google also exceeded the last holiday season for the Hub.)
Many consumers feel that they are unhappy about having a Facebook device with a camera built into their own home, so Google has a clear advantage in selling a camera-free device in the Home Hub.
But now the new Hub has built a camera that looks and protects the Facebook camera. In my review of the Portal, I said that I thought I would have Facebook monitoring in my house but that the video advertisement was as good as it gets. The camera was surprisingly high tech, in that it could follow you as you move in and out of the room. You did not have to have a boring static call.
Messenger vs Duo
Google basically cloned the camera technology for Max, but was very excited aside. Facebook wins a great time here. How many people do you know about Facebook? Now how many people are you connected to via the Google chat conversational app?
So yes, the Google camera, if you are willing to get it, is amazing, but make two-way video calls to others, they will have to download the Duo app.
There is little use of the Duo app, it doesn't even show up in the Google Store Store 100 app uploads chart. (The Messenger No. 2) is an Apple iOS, where it is also available, it is currently as No. 71, to Messenger's No. 7.
And Google isn't clean when it comes to privacy, called semantics with consumers to ask them to change Maps sites (in exchange for new features) to let Google follow us everywhere we go, even if its apps are closed and turned off, so Google can use us for targeted advertising.
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They offer the usual privacy talk about how the camera will not track you, and if you are uncomfortable with it, you can always switch it off.
The irony is that Google is now selling the Hub as a video device – as if I needed to see friends and relatives at 10 inches rather than 7 inches, which is quite large.
There are 10 inches impressive, but …
For videos and YouTube, a 10 inch screen is great. Everything looks better, sharper and brighter with more colors, and we love viewing our photo libraries from Google Photos. This is worth just the $ 229, or the unit is discounted in the coming weeks.
But unfortunately, the Google Assistant did not bring anything smarter each year. As a result of so many orders, even after these years of trials and error, I didn't know how to help him, "playing the wrong songs (based on what I called clearly)." ) on YouTube Music or not be able to make the simplest applications on YouTube.
A year ago, I complained that the Mol was unable to play the late night comics on YouTube, despite the fact that some of the service's most popular clips. And 12 months later, nothing has changed. The Assistant says that he doesn't know how to do it or that he plays a random song on YouTube Music instead.
In the meantime, I have received an Echo Show in recent months, and despite the fact that most of the surveys were won by the Google Assistant as the clever of the assistant, Alexa is skipping my daily orders. The Show, at least last year's model, has excellent performance with the sicky speaker on Mol Max, which has received very little upgrades with the higher price.
The Echo Show, minus worker, can't play YouTube, so you have limited video content if you don't want to use it to see films and TV shows from Amazon Prime Video. Amazon Photos app can not, however, show photos from my Google collection.
(Making calls to the Show is not a walk in the park but both parties must have Show, or the Alexa app on a smart phone or tablets, and be comfortable using it for phone calls.) T
Currently, consumers, I would wait before buying to find out how a new Echo Show update will be. Amazon is playing an exposed product for its Wednesday holiday line, and US will be covering. We will be back with a full report after we look closely at the new portal devices and Echo Show.
So stay tuned.
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