Over 10,000 Smart Home Devices Are Now Supported By Google Assistant

Google Home Hub is all about simplifying the smart home experience

Google Home Hub is all about simplifying the smart home experience

As a notable con, the Home Hub does not incorporate a built-in camera, meaning video chatting is not an option, unlike Amazon's Echo Show or the new Facebook Portal. Currently, it's possible to buy Google hardware products including the Pixel smartphone range, the Google Home smart speaker range and the Google Chromecast dongle for TVs online on Flipkart and Paytm.

At the time, I thought it a bit of an odd proposition. For $149, this may be a compelling purchase for those who were considering similar, but more expensive, products such as the Smart Displays from Lenovo and JBL.

Google opted to leave off the camera for this one, and I'm not sure how to feel about it. Home Hub can also function as a digital photoframe with Google Photos, and control your various smart home devices. The screen came with a 5-inch display, 1080 x 1920 resolution and AMOLED technology, making for a lovely display - although the Pixel 3 does trump it slightly in that regard now.

So what does the Google Home Hub bring to the table compared to its hardware partner devices? Here to beat out its previous edition (Pixel 2), this smartphone comes with a fleet of upgrades, centered around the buzzword - artificial intelligence.

You can view the full-resolution versions of the images right here, but you probably don't need to because the results couldn't be more clear. While Microsoft's Surface devices have a solid Windows desktop environment, it lacks the library of touch-friendly apps that Android and iOS offer.

Another thing we're expecting on the original Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is Gmail's new Smart Compose tools. However, it is best to stay-humble as you never know when the tied can turn.

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While it wasn't mentioned up on stage by Google, the official Google Camera v6.1 has more than Night Sight and a few other things hiding inside.

As you can see above Google's implementation makes the usable display area less.

There's also better integration with Google's Nest products. After all, Google also decided against using the Qualcomm 624, which is a processor designed for use with home hubs, and instead opted for an Amlogic CPU. The handset will start shipping on 1 November, so you'll be able to get your eager mitts on one by early next month.

Google has managed to use software tricks to compensate for all of the features enabled by dual-lens cameras on other phones. Google's Super Res Zoom is impressive indeed, but the clarity doesn't even come close to matching the photo captured using the iPhone XS's optical zoom.

The Google Pixel 3 third generation smartphones are seen on display after a news conference in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 9, 2018. Just tap on a button for Google's voice assistant to ask the caller about the goal of the call.

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