YouTube TV gets an on-screen guide for smart displays

YouTube TV gets an on-screen guide for smart displays

Google's smart home devices will now live under the Google Nest name. Sorry, I mean the Nest Hub. Thankfully the new 127-degree field-of-view front camera opens up the Hub series to video calling, while also adding a few special additions like auto-framing, letting it automatically zoom in and pan around during a call.

It further reinforces the idea that Google wants Nest to be the epicenter for all of its smart home devices, and in terms of hardware, we just saw this with the new Nest Hub Max and rebranding of the Google Home Hub to Nest Hub. Android Police in March also spotted a premature posting for the Nest Hub Max Google's web site in March.

Google brought Nest back into the fold past year, and now it has announced that the smart home brand is being rebranded as Google Nest.

To that end, the company said it will continue to sell its Home Hub, now calling it the Nest Hub, and announced that an entirely new smart screen device called the Nest Hub Max is on the way. Just like the Nest Cam you can see event history, enable Home/Away Assist, and even get notifications if motion is detected.

The Nest Hub Max can recognise faces and proactively show personalised information such as video messages, calendar appointments and commutes.

Google Assistant comes with both Voice Match technology and a newly introduced feature called Face Match on the Nest Hub Max, the latter of which, well, matches your face with your information to keep multiple user profiles separate and private. Google claims that video recording and streaming can only be done intentionally, and users can electronically disable the camera and mic by using the physical switch on the back of the Nest Hub Max.

In our Google Home Hub review we noted that the 7-inch display felt a little cheap. Thankfully the 10-inch 1280 x 800 display is a welcome improvement.

Part of the merger of Google's Home and Nest brands will be the renaming of the existing Google Home Hub to the Google Nest Hub, with other products following suit at a later date.

We weren't greeted with a new Pixelbook today but Google still brought some impressive and noteworthy products to the I/O keynote. The music experience seems to be at a level between the Home and Home Max smart speakers, meaning it works well for music and other audio-based experiences. Google's Rick Osterloh also casually revealed a new YouTube TV feature: an on-screen guide. As Google explains it, the company's entire Home product lineup is moving "under the Nest brand" as a "natural next step" in Google and Nest's joint efforts to "create a more helpful home". If you want a cheap kitchen helper the Google Home Hub still makes a lot of sense.

The largest price drop centers on the premium Google Home Max.

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