It’s been three years since Google launched its first smart speaker with a display, originally known as the Home Hub and renamed Google Nest Hub. However, since then the company has created larger and more useful versions of its connected display, mostly focusing on a utility more tied to digital photo frames than truly a smart device.
A trend that comes to an end with the announcement and update of the new Google Nest Hub. Regarding its aesthetic lines, this device is presented under the same characteristic design as its predecessor, with a 7-inch touch screen attached to speakers covered with fabric that will in turn serve as a base. And it is that the real improvements will focus on its interior, both at the hardware and software level.
As Google has advanced, this new device will include an audio enhancement to offer «a final sound with 50% more bass, broader and richer«. In addition to the incorporation of the same machine learning chip currently present in the Nest Audio and Nest Mini, which will offer us faster and more accurate responses from Google Assistant as we use it.
But without a doubt the great novelty of the new Google Nest Hub lies in the inclusion of the Soli chip under your smart screen. A technology originally used for the Pixel 4’s Motion Sense to perform some basic phone actions with just a wave of the hand without the need to touch the device.
Although this time its use will be different, designed to analyze our movements and breathing, and thus perform the creation of a more accurate and personalized sleep tracking profile qua the vast majority of current smart devices. Without a doubt, a curious alternative for those who find the use of wearables uncomfortable at bedtime.
And it is in fact that this new functionality also will make continued use of the built-in microphone at night (as long as we keep this function active) to detect any sleep disturbance such as involuntary coughing or snoring; as well as the temperature and ambient light sensors themselves, identifying any environmental changes in the room.
In the morning, you can see your dream summary on the Nest Hub screen, as well as transfer the results directly to the Google Fit app. After tracking your sleep over several nights, it will eventually offer you suggestions on how to improve the quality of your sleep, possibly thanks to the integration of Fitbit’s Sleep Score features, with tips ranging from modifying our bedtime. , to controlling the lighting in your room, or creating sleep routines.
Availability and price
At the moment only available through the North American version of the brand’s web store, the Google Nest Hub has been presented under a price of $ 99.99 (pending to confirm its final price for Spain), available in four color variants to choose between chalk white, charcoal black, foggy gray and sand beige.
On the other hand, also pending confirmation for our country, currently Google offers one year of free access to Sleep Sensing, a service that will be obligatorily paid once this trial period has ended.