Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show: Smart Display Showdown

Ruben Fields
October 10, 2018

The main screen now contains a list of your smart home devices, and you can make adjustments without diving into the product's specific application.

Google's launch of the Home Hub smart display isn't just a one-off product launch.

Google uses the screen to show you more information about the weather, about local restaurants, and so on. Half of the features in new phones these days are enabled through software, and for all the hardware leaks we've seen so far, it's much easier to keep software details a secret. The Google Home Mini, the entry-level smart speaker with Google Assistant, will be available for Rs 2,449, which is a discount of Rs 2,050 over its regular retail price of Rs 4,499.

GoogleWhat are the technical specs? Plus, the device supports Google's Voice Match, so up to six people in your home can get their own personalised Mourning Routine. Live Albums automatically uploads photos from your Google Photos account to display in on the Home Hub, making it a nifty little photo frame. "That means you can manage your parents" home or help that cousin who's having trouble setting up their smart home". Plus, you can just say to Home Hub, "Hey Google, show my pictures from LA", and voila!

We consciously chose to not include a camera on Google Home Hub, so you feel comfortable placing it in the private spaces of your home, like the bedroom. "The 7" screen is like a floating display, the right size to fit on any surface and big enough to enjoy your photos from across the room. And, when it's time for bed, it'll dim the screen. You can control over 10,000 types of smart home devices from over 1,000 popular brands. The devices also have upgraded camera technology, which includes a feature called NightSight specially designed for flash-free shots in low-light conditions.

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Lastly, you can use Google Home Hub to watch YouTube videos - something you can't do on Amazon's Echo devices.

It costs $149 in the United States (£13 in the UK) from Google Store.

The Google home Hub is available in four colours - Sand, Aqua, Charcoal, and Chalk - and is available for pre-order from the Google Store.

This leaves the Google Home Hub as a cheaper alternative to the Portal ($199-plus) or the Echo Show ($230), and something the company thinks customers will feel more comfortable placing all around their homes. Google's devices will be available starting October 18. The device's surprisingly tiny hardware means it can live nearly anywhere; the reasonable price and the lack of camera will only encourage customers to buy more of them.

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