GOOGLE HOME HUB

GOOGLE HOME HUB

By: Shaan Desai

Recently, Google released their new Home Hub smart speaker at a hardware event where they also announced the Pixel 3 phone. Google has been known to follow Amazon’s footsteps when it comes to smart speakers, and the Home Hub is no exception, being released right after Amazon updated their Echo Show (an Amazon Echo with a screen). It has a 7 inch touchscreen, which is more than enough to show information provided by the Google Assistant, which also provides information for the other Google Home devices. Using the Home app (available for iOS and Android), the Home Hub can be set up in just a few clicks. However, if you have an iPhone, the options for integration will be limited. If you have an Android, then the options will be much greater, allowing you to make calls and control many aspects of your phone with your voice. One of the major selling points is that the Home Hub can access YouTube hands-free, which can be very helpful, especially for homework or music. Other music options include Spotify, Google Play Music, and Pandora. The Google Home Hub comes in four colors – Sand, Aqua, Chalk, and Charcoal. It retails for $149 on the Google Store website.