Google Home Hub leaks ahead of Pixel 3 event

Marion JacobsSep 21, 2018

However, Google managed to beat Amazon with its affordable Home Mini speaker by shipping 2.3 million units compared to Echo Dot's 2.2 million shipments between April and June. It is seen sporting a 7-inch display with touchscreen capabilities, and a reasonably large speaker.

It could be a credible alternative to the likes of the Google Home Max, HomePod, and the Sonos range, but of course, we'd be keen to examine the difference in sound quality between the Echo Sub and its rivals when it's out. That will hardly justify the suggested $125 price tag, so there's a very good chance that the prices spotted yesterday are placeholders with no actual meaning. Ask to watch a video, and YouTube will appear and start playing. To that end, Android Authority reckons the Google Home Hub will cost just $149. Also shown on the rear is the physical mute button to allow you quick access to mute the microphones and allow for some privacy.

It will most likely come with a special Android OS that will act as a Google Assistant interface for performing tasks like showing the weather, maps directions, music, photos calendar, shopping, etc.

In addition to the pictures, the complete product listing of the Google Home Hub has also leaked. Besides the Pixel 3, a Pixelbook 2 is a good option, and with the launch of Google's Smart Display software on third-party hardware earlier this year, it seems inevitable that we'll soon see a first-party Google Smart Display. Amazon Echo Dot was the second best-selling smart speaker. The control of the Home Hub is not just restricted to cameras but will also be compatible with other home appliances like lights, TVs and more.

Amazon looking to launch up to 8 Alexa-powered devices
Some of the devices will have Alexa built in, while others will be able to connect to the voice assistant . And as far as your kitchen is concerned, that means an Alexa-integrated Amazon microwave is on its way.

Google Home hub is already in the news and has been leaking from the past few weeks. Just like the AmazonBasics Microwave, the Echo Wall Clock uses Bluetooth to connect to a customer's Echo device.

Echo Show, the video-screen carrying version of the smart speaker, has been given a revamp too, featuring an improved speaker system alongside its 10-inch HD screen, which can be used to stream videos and make video calls.

With so little set in stone about the Google Home Hub, it's hard to be too definitive, but it certainly seems like the company is onto a victor here. It was said to be an intelligent display based on Google's "Smart Display" platform, but there were no other details available at that time.

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