Google Home Hub leaks ahead of Pixel 3 event

Google Home Hub leaks ahead of Pixel 3 event

Google Home Hub leaks ahead of Pixel 3 event

Google hasn't traditionally had a global rollout for their Home related speakers so you can likely expect a delay on an Australian launch. And given that it's a Google Home device at heart, you'll have direct access to Google's growing smart home ecosystem and full access to the Google Assistant. So you'll be able to talk to it like you would to a Google Home, but unlike smart speakers, on such a smart display the Assistant will obviously also be able to show you things.

Even as those devices rolled out, we heard rumors that Google was working on a smart display under the company's own brand, so this leak makes sense. The report states that the tablet-shaped LCD display won't run on Android, but it will instead be driven by a scaled-down Google Assistant interface. The screen will show essential information like weather, daily commute and schedule details, and the time. The device will ship in two color variants, chalk and charcoal. Chances are this means that the Home Hub doesn't have quite as good a speaker as the Home as there just can't be enough space to house one.

The device is said to support Bluetooth and 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi, and will incorporate an ambient light sensor. Additionally, we can confirm that the device will be called the "Home Hub" and should be available later this fall for $149.

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Don't be sad, though, as YouTube plans to focus its entire gaming effort into the regular YouTube app and web experience. The company said there are "tens of thousands of different game pages" for titles big and small on the platform.

If the Google Home Hub is real, Google will hopefully give it a few extra features to help it stand out from the increasingly competitive crowd of smart displays.

October 9 is the day Google is holding its annual hardware event. While these missing elements were seen as a reason not to buy into the product category by some, it showed a distinct difference between Home smart speakers and the company's Smart Displays.

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