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Google Home Hub Stories July 9, 2019

How to make calls with Google Home and Google Nest Hub

Given everything that you can do with your Google Home(s) and/or Google Nest Hub(s), it’s easy to forget some of the simple tasks it can handle. One that I make use of a few times a week is the ability to make calls. Once you have it set up this is dead simple, so here’s how to get started making calls with Google Home and Google Nest Hub.

Google Home Hub Stories May 7, 2019

Google Home Hub rebranded as Nest Hub, now available in 12 new markets starting at $129

The renamed and rebranded Home Hub is now the Google Next Hub with the price now starting at just $129 with availability now increased to a further 12 markets globally alongside support for nine more languages.

You can cancel alarms on Google Assistant just by saying ‘Stop’ without ‘Hey Google’ command

Starting today, Google is making a welcome change to Google Assistant. You can now cancel alarms on Google Assistant and devices like the Google Home by just saying “Stop.”

Google Home Hub Stories May 6, 2019

Having Google Assistant ready at all times is a handy tool in day-to-day life, and Smart Displays only enhance that with visual components. However, these displays are annoying to use at night because Google’s UI is a stark white. It’s time for Google to add a dark mode to Smart Displays like the Home Hub.

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Google Home Hub Stories May 1, 2019

Mother’s Day in the U.S. is next Sunday, May 12th and Google has a clever ad that ties into its iconic “Hey Google” hotword. The one minute clip is accompanied by a Google Store sale on Home products, including a return of the $99 Home Hub.

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Google Home Hub Stories April 15, 2019

Several days ago, Google itself accidentally leaked the names of both the Pixel 3a and the forthcoming Nest Hub Max. At the same time, the company accidentally revealed a potential rebrand for the smaller Home Hub to “Nest Hub”. We can now confirm that is indeed what’s happening when these products launch in the coming weeks.

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Google Home Hub Stories April 11, 2019

Google Home devices now no longer repeat every action in Assistant routines

Arguably one of the biggest and most frustrating aspects of Google Home devices is the constant repeating of actions it has performed when you ask it to run an Assistant routine.

Google Home Hub Stories April 4, 2019

I’m a big Google Home user. I have one in pretty much every room in the house, and in some rooms, I have two. This works out fine for the most part, but something that’s unique about having so many Homes is that there’s a more-than-average number of them constantly battling to figure out which one you’re talking to. Sometimes that goes well, and other times, it’s very broken.

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Google Home Hub Stories March 29, 2019

For quite some time we’ve been tracking a second smart display from Google, and today we have further evidence that it is indeed in the works. A blurb on the Google Store spotted today reveals a product called the Nest Hub Max as a 10-inch smart display.

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Google Home Hub Stories March 27, 2019

Google is giving all basketball fans the ability to tune into March Madness for free simply by asking your Smart Display, Home Hub, Google Home, or simply the Google Assistant to play the game.

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Google Home Hub Stories March 14, 2019

Google Assistant Continued Conversation now works in the UK

The Continued Conversation feature that was rolled out not too long ago to US users has now made the short hop over the pond meaning that we UK users no longer have to keep asking to activate Google to get answers (via Android Police).

Google Home Hub Stories March 7, 2019

With Continued Conversation, smart speakers will leave the microphone on for a few seconds after Assistant finishes a reply so that users can ask a follow-up without repeating the hotword. Google is now bringing this feature to Smart Displays.

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Google Home Hub Stories February 22, 2019

With the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, Google is advertising Assistant and its hardware family in a funny new ad. The minute-long clip references several famous Hollywood movies from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Lady Bird and Jerry Maguire.

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Google Home Hub Stories February 18, 2019

The Google Home ecosystem grows and grows, as does the usefulness of the Google Assistant itself. The announcement at CES means that you can tap into the power of Google Translate and use it for live conversations with those speaking another language. expand full story

Google Home Hub Stories February 8, 2019

Our avid readers know that we follow Fuchsia, Google’s in-development operating system, closely here at 9to5Google, for both its software and the various device prototypes that Google adds support for. This week on Fuchsia Friday, more details have come to light about Fuchsia’s “Sherlock” prototype, which strongly associate it with the Google Home Hub and suggest a Home Hub “Max” could be in the works. expand full story

Google Home Hub Stories January 3, 2019

PSA: Google Home Hub has a built-in Chrome web browser, here’s how to use it

In case you weren’t already aware, Google Home Hub has a built-in web browser. It’s not a standalone app that’s meant to be used by itself, but you can manually navigate around the web to just about anywhere. The existence of the browser isn’t a new addition, but it is a “hidden” feature that many might not yet know about.

Google Home Hub Stories December 28, 2018

Earlier this week, we reported that just about everything we’ve seen about Fuchsia is now gone, as the “Armadillo” UI has been deleted. In its place, we only have references to what seem, in context, to be three other “shells” or user interfaces which are all kept closed-source by Google. However, one of these, “Dragonglass,” may offer more answers than we initially thought.

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Google Home Hub Stories December 21, 2018

The Google Home Hub is one of the best Smart Display options on the market, albeit there are very few options. It might not have a camera, however, oddly, makes it one of the best options available especially as you have fewer privacy concerns. expand full story

Google Home Hub Stories December 9, 2018

Following deep Black Friday discounts that led to equally deep consternation among early adopters, the Google Store is continuing its holiday offers on the Pixel 3, Home Hub, and Nest smart home bundles. These deals on Made by Google 2018 products start today, with some ending on Christmas Eve.

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Google Home Hub Stories November 26, 2018

Earlier this month, Google Assistant added a number of new features, including recipe cards and the ability to reply to Broadcasts on the Google Home Hub. Google is now rolling out a new firmware version for Home Hub’s enrolled in the Preview Program that adds more precise device controls, including separate alarm and media volumes.

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Google Home Hub Stories November 19, 2018

While Google Assistant smart displays options are still quite limited, there’s already a model for nearly every user. The first option was that of the Lenovo Smart Display. Though now, everything is compared to the Google Home Hub that undercut the pricing of everyone else. For Black Friday, however, the Home Hub and smaller Lenovo Smart Display have the same price tag, and I think Lenovo’s might be a better buy. Here’s why.

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Google Home Hub Stories November 16, 2018

Made by Google is heavily advertising its latest lineup from Hardware Stores to pop-ups, but sometimes nothing brings in more sales than a good deal. The Google Store today has shared its Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers, with good deals beginning the week before.

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Google Home Hub Stories November 14, 2018

Amid a series of hardware unveils at 10/9, Google announced several new features for Assistant. The Home View dashboard launched on the Google Home Hub and made its way to other Smart Displays, along with Digital Wellbeing. Google Assistant is now adding Broadcast replies, cooking cards, and more.

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Google Home Hub Stories October 30, 2018

The Google Home Hub, Google’s first foray into smart display has been generally lauded in reviews, including our own. Under a security review, however, the story may be a bit different, with one researcher claiming that the device’s security is “beyond dismal.” Google, of course, denies these claims.

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Over the course of this month, Made by Google has announced and released its 2018 lineup, including the Pixel 3 and the Google Home Hub. In an interview with The Verge, design lead Ivy Ross and Rishi Chandra of Home and Nest touched on a number of points behind Made by Google and specific products.

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The Google Home Hub, despite a few omissions, is probably the best Smart Display available for the vast majority of those looking to buy an assistant powered home control screen. I always saw Google’s own Smart Display effort as a potential threat to the JBL Link View and Lenovo Smart Display, but let me explain the differences (as of today) and why my first statement will apply to most considering a device in this category.

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Google Home Hub Stories October 22, 2018

Alongside the retail launch of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL last week, Google opened a pair of ‘Google Hardware Store’ pop-up shops in New York and Chicago. They’re not all too dissimilar from Google pop-ups of the past — you can browse through all the latest additions to the Made by Google lineup and see how they work in person, buy some products, and participate in interactive workshops.

Here’s a quick look inside the New York store.

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Leading up to Google’s October 9th hardware event, we were baffled by the lack of a camera on the Home Hub smart display. After advertising Duo video calling so heavily on other speakers, Google surely wouldn’t omit that on the Home Hub, right? Well, it turns out that Home Hub Duo video calls are still supported, but with the caveat that it’s only one-way.

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The Google Home Hub is the fourth addition to the Google Home family, and it marks the launch of the first Google-made Smart Display and the company’s first proper competitor to the Amazon Echo Show. While the device is the same as the first few Google Home entrants at its core, the display is definitely a boon for the experience and Google is making strides in smart home control…

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Google Home Hub Stories October 12, 2018

The Google Home Hub is Google’s very first attempt at a Smart Display and fuses the powerful functionality of the Google Home with a display for yet more use-cases. We’ve already seen a few Smart Displays from brands such as JBL and Lenovo, but unlike those options, Google’s first party design follows the design language of pre-existing Home devices and actually looks like something you would want in your home.

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Google Home Hub Stories October 11, 2018

With the Google Home Hub on Tuesday, Made by Google debuted a slew of new features like Home View and Live Albums. That functionality, along with multi-room audio, is coming to all existing Assistant Smart Displays with an update in the coming weeks.

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Google Home Hub Stories October 10, 2018

Amidst the announcements from yesterday’s Made by Google Event, we got a variety of details on the hardware for each of Google’s upcoming products. One of those, the Google Home Hub, may have outed itself as the latest Fuchsia OS device.

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Google Home Hub Stories October 9, 2018

Google’s big event today delivered a ton of new hardware from the company, headlined by the Pixel 3 and Google Home Hub. With so many new offerings, the question begs to be asked – did you treat yo’ self to any of it?

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Google recaps Pixel 3, Home Hub, & Made by Google 2018 in 4 minutes [Video]

As 10/9 comes to a close, Google is recapping all of its announcements from Made by Google 2018 with a short, succinct video. Coming in at under four minutes, it features Google Hardware head Rick Osterloh and other presenters summarizing the key Pixel 3, Home Hub, and Pixel Slate aspects.

Google announced the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the Google Home Hub, the Google Pixel Slate, and a handful of other products today, and now we’re getting to see them in the flesh for the very first time. Here’s your first rough look at all these products straight from Made by Google 2018 in New York City.

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Google Home Hub went official today and along with it, Google is announcing some big changes for its Home control strategy. In addition to voice controls, the new “Home View” dashboard will enable easy controls.

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With the Home Mini and Home Max in 2017, Google was able to inundate the market with affordable smart speakers, while offering an audiophile experience for the high-end. This year, the Made by Google lineup is gaining its first Assistant Smart Display with the Google Home Hub.

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Google has inadvertently leaked a product video recapping its entire event no more than 10 minutes before the launch is set to occur. It includes the Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Google Home Hub in full detail.

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A mere two hours before Made by Google 2018 is set to kickoff, there are a number of leaks involving a handful of products we expect to see today. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL get further pricing details, while the Google Store has officially confirmed the Home Hub.

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It’s October 9th and Made by Google 2018 has finally arrived. 9to5Google’s Google Event Live Blog + News Hub will be updated regularly throughout the day with the latest announcements from Google. The event kicks off at 11 am ET/8 am PT, so read on for quick links to our roundup coverage over the last few weeks, tweets from the ground, and all the latest news as it develops…

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Google Home Hub Stories October 8, 2018

Google’s annual fall hardware event is right around the corner, and that means this year’s rumor season is coming to a close. But thanks to countless leaks, reports, tweets, and information from our own sources over the last several months, we have a really good idea at this point what the Made by Google event 2018 has in store. We can confidently say you should expect to see the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, a Google Pixel Slate tablet, a Google Home Hub Smart Display, and more.

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Google Home Hub Stories October 5, 2018

As the seemingly never-ending flood of Pixel leaks continues, today we’re getting tidbits regarding a new camera feature. A listing from a retailer’s magazine talks about the Pixel 3 “Top Shot” camera feature, as well as hinting at a Google Home Hub launch date.

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Rumor Roundup: Our expectations for Google’s 2018 Pixel 3 event on Oct. 9 [Video]

We already did a written comprehensive roundup on everything you should expect to see Google announce at its forthcoming October 9th Pixel 3 event next week, but now we’ve compiled everything we know into one easily-digestible video. Here’s everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, Google Home Hub, Google Pixel Slate, and more…

Google Home Hub Stories October 1, 2018

The Google Home launched at the inaugural Made by Google event in 2016, while 2017 saw the Home Mini and Home Max. This year, the Google Home Hub is expected to continue the company’s success in the connected speaker space over Amazon. Thanks to a handful of leaks, we are well aware of the design, specs, and capabilities, while the price has also been rumored.

Here’s a look at everything we’ve learned about the Smart Display so far…

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Google Home Hub Stories September 26, 2018

Google Home Hub initially leaked in its entirety earlier this month, but there was just one thing missing: the second “Charcoal” variant that the leaked spec sheet said indeed existed. Now that second color option for the forthcoming new Google Home hardware has leaked as well…

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Google Home Hub Stories September 20, 2018

As October’s Made by Google event nears, more and more devices are hitting the FCC for regulatory approval ahead of retail availability. Following this week’s leak, a Home device that is likely the Google Home Hub has arrived.

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Google Home Hub Stories September 19, 2018

Google Assistant’s smart display initiative has so far seen two pieces of hardware with the Lenovo Smart Display and JBL Link View. However, those products aren’t perfect, and they lack some of the finesse we’ve seen from Google’s own Assistant hardware. Now we’ve got our first look at the Google Home Hub, and there are a few places it has a chance to improve on the competition in some big ways.

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Google Home Hub Stories September 18, 2018

We got our first look at the Google Home Hub earlier today, showing off a unique new design for a Google Assistant smart display. Outside of the hardware, though, it seems Google may have plans of seriously undercutting the competition by slapping a $149 price tag on the product.

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