Google renames Assistant home devices, debuts $229 Nest Hub Max

The Nest Hub Max can recognise faces and proactively show personalised information such as video messages, calendar appointments and commutes. Unfortunately, Netflix is still not available on the Nest Hub Max. Google has admitted that the end of Works With Nest will break any rules you've set up involving its products. If you find something you want to watch, just tap on it, and the Nest Hub Max will start playing it instantly.

The integration of Google's Nest smart home system can also make use of the camera as a security camera, complete with intruder alerts and recorded video with an additional subscription. Check out the link below for more details!

"Fostering a large ecosystem of support for third-party devices is an important feature of Control4 and something we are deeply committed to", said Control4 Sr Vice President, Products & Services, Charlie Kindel. Google saved that for today's I/O keynote, and... it looks just like its predecessor.

The screen of the Nest Hub Max can perform all of the functions Nest Hub performs.

One of the Home Hub's advantages was its lack of camera, as it helped to alleviate privacy concerns. The main difference with the Portal is that the Hub Max will let you chat with contacts on different platforms, like iOS, Android, or on a browser. It can also be used to learn how to cook, play your music, and see who's at the front door. With the Hub Max, you can use "Face match" to get personalized content when you look at the display.

Any Works with Nest connections you have on your Nest account need to be removed when migrating over to a Google account, and if you choose to keep your Nest account, those connections will continue to work until that August 31 date rolls around.

And naturally, there will be concerns about how Google is using this data. Once that's done, the display will only show information relevant to the person it detects in front of it. You can now pause media by raising your hand. If you're like me and you have your Home turned up to wall-shaking volumes, you know the pain of trying to yell loud enough to get the Assistant's attention.

It's a successor to the Google Home Hub and extends the screen size to 10 inches, as well as adding more oomph to the audio - so it's better at filling a room full of sound the next time you have an impromptu house party.

With 61 percent of the smart speaker market share, Amazon's Echo is still king in the smart speaker space.

The Max comes in camera blazing, but the physical mute switch, which blocks the mic on the smaller Hub, turns off the camera here too. Still, it's rather unsettling.

  • Arturo Norris