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The $149 Google Home Hub brings a 7-inch screen to augment the Assistant experience

The Google Home is a great product for controlling smart lights and streaming music, but as we've seen with the Lenovo Smart Display, a display makes things much better. Google is now rolling out its own offering in this space, the Home Hub. Like the rest of the Google Home ecosystem, the Home Hub is made out of custom fabrics and premium materials, and the large screen up front is ideal for viewing information at a glance.

The Home Hub has an Ambient EQ mode that automatically adjust the screen's brightness, and interestingly, Google said it consciously decided to not put a camera on the Hub. The move could go some way to assuage buyers, but it limits the functionality of the device — you won't be able to make Duo video calls from the Hub.

And with the Home Hub offering Voice Match, it will be able to offer personalized results for different family members. The device also comes with a dashboard that shows you a list of all the smart home devices in your home in a single place. The dashboard will also be making its way to the Google Home mobile app.

A product like the Hub is ideal as a photo frame, and you'll be able to do just that by integrating your Google Photos albums with the device. Google is leveraging its AI smarts to filter out blurry or duplicate images, with only the best photos showing up on the screen.

The Home Hub also comes with six months' worth of YouTube Premium for free. Google Home Hub will be available in four color options, with pre-orders starting today for just $149. It will be hitting store shelves from October 22 in the U.S., UK, and Australia. What are your thoughts on the Home Hub?

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • "large screen"?? It's smaller than both the Lenovo and the JBL offerings
  • I would be into this, I think. I like a screen that's bigger than my phone for recipes. It's not a huge screen, but it's lower in price than the others, right?
  • Hmm... I just saw that there's no front camera. I might be okay w/ that, though, don't really use Duo. and the price IS lower than the others. How large is the screen?
  • It's "large screen" is 0.6 inches bigger than my Note 9 phone
  • Stereo speakers would be nice.
  • With all other devices launching with a camera, this is a huge mistake by Google. The should make this a ECHO contender by making sure you can make video calls.
  • Agree, they blame security buy in my opinion it's a big shortcoming when Lenovo implemented such a simple and good solution to this with the manual slider... Stupid of Google, they should have done he same...
  • I think it's brilliant not to have a camera. To many people are still afraid of possible Video invasion.
    Maybe they will have the option for an add-on USB camera which you would have option to upgrade. This way who wants it can spend a few bucks and have it. Not worring about forgetting to flip a switch for the many who don't want it. Hopefully it's speakers are at least as good as the home Mini.