Google Home Hub leaks, set to face off against Amazon Echo Show
20 September, 2018, 00:13
9to5Google, which reported months ago that Google was planning an Echo Show-like device codenamed Manhattan, said it would feature a 7-inch display, just like the Echo Show, and it would offer access to a wide range of Google services, including Assistant, Photos, and YouTube, along with third-party apps like Netflix.
The Home Hub will be connected to Google's Assistant, enabling it to display weather, calendar events, recipes and other pertinent information on the screen, according to MySmartPrice.com, which first published the images.
Around back, you will find the physical switch to mute the device's microphones and get a better look at the Smart Display's base. If this is true, the entire Smart Display will only weigh as much as the standard Google Home.
Other details we can glean from the leak is that Google Home Hub will be available in not only a "Chalk White" colour but also in "Charcoal".
You'll also be able to do things like see your Nest cam feeds on the device's display, see your photos saved to Google Photos, and more. There are ambient light and color sensors near the display, and the Home Hub weighs 480g. The Google Home Hub should combine a simple touchscreen with voice controls through the Google Assistant. Yet, the Home Mini and Echo Dot can do nearly everything the Homepod can do (and more if you have an Android smartphone). That should assuage privacy concerns, but it still seems like an odd omission given it's a feature available on the Echo Show, as well as the Googe-powered devices from Lenovo and JBL. We expect to hear more about the smart speaker at the October 9 event, and until then take all the rumours with a pinch of salt.