Google's Lenovo Smart Display is Already Here
- Author: Arturo Norris Oct 13, 2018,
Oct 13, 2018, 2:31
Both devices are now available for pre-order.
All devices in one view: You can control everything without having to open up each device's proprietary app.
You can do lots of other things too.
The main reason to buy the Home Hub over the other connected home devices is the screen.
Local retail partners include the likes of Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys and Officeworks, with Google reportedly retaining exclusivity of the "Aqua" and "Sand" variants. However, as the technology advances, so is the need for a Smart Speaker that can do more than just that, which is what led to the creation of Google's Lenovo Smart Display.
Google also showed off some new features coming to all smart displays. Two far-field microphones mean you can interact with the Home Hub hands-free.
A few other features may influence your decision.
When it's not in use, the new Chromecast can turn your TV into a digital photo frame displaying images from Google Photos. The Home Hub has no camera.
Moving on, Google is also introducing some new features for Smart Displays to make the overall experience of owning one much more pleasurable. Swiping down from the top of the screen brings up a dashboard for monitoring and controlling your various smart devices, organized by category and by room. In fact, Google is bundling six months of YouTube Premium with the device. In simple terms, not HTC but Google itself, designed this year's Pixel phones.
Which voice assistant you prefer comes down to personal preference.
On Tuesday, Google announced the Google Home Hub, the first smart display hardware made by Google. Just like with smartphones, these devices are all an extension of the Android/Qualcomm partnership-they run Android Things on Qualcomm's SD624 Home Hub Platform.