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Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) Has Arrived!

Google Nest Hub 2nd Gen Has Arrived

We all know how good is Google with its gadgets like Google Home, Google Nest Audio, Google Nest Mini, Google Nest Cams, Google Thermostat, Google WiFi Mash, and many more. These gadgets are handy which have made our life convenient.

Today, we are looking at the gadget which allows you to control a number of smart home products through one centralized device. It is just like your virtual assistant designed to help you in a number of different ways. It is ready at all times as it is powered by the awesome Google Assistant. You can ask it to perform tasks such as place calls, send messages, set an alarm or reminders, discover new restaurants, or control your connected smart home devices. Unlike other Google speakers, the Hub comes with a display for added visuals.

What’s Unique About This Google Nest Hub?

“So how did you sleep last night?”

When that question came up in our bedroom, it was always between my wife, and me. But over the past week, We made it a threesome! Thanks to the newest Google Nest Hub.

This second-generation model includes a new feature—touch-free sleep tracking—that all but demands that you put it in the bedroom instead of on the kitchen counter, where most smart speakers with screens have resided. The Nest Hub can measure how long you’ve spent in bed and how much of that was spent sleeping. The Hub will tell you if you are hitting your schedule goals or not. The Solid radar sensors are sensitive enough to read breathing rate and the Hub’s microphones record how much you cough or snore at night.

The Google Nest Hub is a step up from its previous generation of devices. While the last generation only had speakers (and therefore only allowed you to listen to content), the new version has a touch display and a camera integrated with its design. With this display, you get visual feedback on the screen (think to watch Netflix films or tap into your video doorbell feed) and it works perfectly with other Google-supported devices.

The touch controls are seamless, allowing even the not-so-tech-savvy members of the family to get used to it easily. One of the biggest gripes we have when it comes to voice-controlled devices is their ability to recognize and understand commands. Luckily here, the voice recognition was pretty much flawless and the device showed the correct spoken command on-screen pretty perfectly. We also connected it to other smart home devices to see its integration capabilities. When connected to the smart doorbell device, it displayed the video via the door camera with complete ease.

Apart from its features, privacy remains a big concern. Google has been struggling for the past few years when it comes to secure privacy.

Source: josephsteinberg.com

Despite Google’s promises about how it won’t use the data, people should be wary, considering the company’s failure to protect people’s personal information in the past

John Davisson, Senior Counsel For The Electronic Privacy Information Center

Google has also been criticized for how it has treated other biometric data. Last April, two children from Illinois sued the search giant for allegedly collecting biometric data, including face scans, of millions of students through its software tools for classrooms. The children, who sued through their father, claimed the data collection violated the state’s biometric privacy law, as well as COPPA, a federal law that requires sites to get parental consent when collecting personal information from users under 13 years old.

Source: CNET.com

Google Nest Hub is up on sale in the US, UK, and Australia on March 31, priced at $99.99 / £89 / AU$149.

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Written by Hammad Khalid

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