Google's Lenovo Smart Display is Already Here

Starting with the Google Home Hub, you will be able to add users to your household and let everyone have access to all of your smart home controls.

By contrast Amazon's screen-equipped Echo Show models don't do YouTube at all.

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.

I recently tried the Lenovo Smart Screen and was blown away by how much better it was than Amazon's first-generation Show. The big question to me is how can SEOs get their content to show up on it.

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.

From a functional standpoint, I like how this could possibly cut down on phone and tablet use in the house because so numerous things I'm checking on my phone can just be done with Google Home Hub.

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.

  • Arturo Norris