Google Nest Hub Stories November 25

Managing timers on Nest Hub and other Google Assistant speakers has always been a bit inflexible, but there’s a new feature coming. For some, the At a Glance widget on Pixel phones is now rolling out the ability to control timers from Nest Hub and other Google Assistant speakers.

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Google Nest Hub Stories November 1

Over the last few days, Fitbit integration with Heart Connect has gone live. One helpful aspect of Heart Connect sync combines Nest Hub Sleep Sensing data with your Fitbit heart rate in Google Fit.

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Google Nest Hub Stories September 23

Google’s presence sensing detects whether somebody is home using your phone’s location, Nest smart home devices, and now Nest Hubs and speakers.

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Google Nest Hub Stories September 19

The latest Preview update for the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max is set to drop the larger smart display’s ability to act as a bridge/extender like the Nest Connect.

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Google Nest Hub Stories September 5

Around the time Fuchsia widely rolled out to the Nest Hub Max, Assistant Smart Displays gained a “Search” shortcut, which is now curiously opening Google․com directly. 

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Google Nest Hub Stories August 22

As we’ve been tracking since May, Fitbit and Google Fit integration on the 2nd-gen Nest Hub is getting deeper with a stats card that can appear directly on the Smart Display’s homescreen.

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Google Nest Hub Stories July 12

How to manage Google Nest Hub alarms through the Home app

Have you ever set an alarm only to have something change and suddenly that alarm is no longer needed? On top of that, you may have completely forgotten that you ever set an alarm. That’s enough to ruin your day. To avoid this, you can manage and delete the alarms you set on your Nest Hub in the Google Home app. Here’s how.

Google Nest Hub Stories July 8

After introducing real-time lyrics on Android, iOS, televisions, consoles, and the web in November, Spotify is now bringing them to the Nest Hub and other Google Assistant Smart Displays.

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Google Nest Hub Stories June 3

Despite being marketed thus far as a “Pixel tablet,” Google’s next foray into large screens will actually serve to replace the Nest Hub in your home, with a suite of familiar features.

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Google Nest Hub Stories May 30

Google’s Nest Hub has a huge variety of uses, but one of its best is also one of the simplest – a bedside alarm clock. However, Nest Hub alarms really need some quality-of-life touches.

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Google Nest Hub Stories May 26

Google’s Nest Hub series is now finally starting to show the date alongside the time and weather conditions at the main “Photo Frame” slideshow homescreen.

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Google Nest Hub Stories May 22

At the start of this month, we spotted that the Nest Hub would get deeper Google Fit and Fitbit integration. You can now ask Google Assistant for your Fitbit and Google Fit stats.

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Google Nest Hub Stories May 19

The first-generation Nest Hub is getting a more sizable update than usual that adds the app launcher and on-device Bluetooth settings menu.

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Google Nest Hub Stories May 16

We spotted how the Nest Hub is getting deeper Google Fit and Fitbit integration to let you see step count and other activity stats at the start of this month, and you some users can now connect either service to Assistant settings.

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Google Nest Hub Stories May 2

At the moment, Google Assistant’s health integrations are limited to asking about sleep. Moving forward, you’ll be able to see steps, calories burned, and other activity metrics from Fitbit or Google Fit on the Nest Hub.

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Google Nest Hub Stories April 13

Last May, the original Nest Hub and Hub Max received an adorable new Photo Frame option. Google has now finally made the Weather Frog clock face available on the 2nd-gen Nest Hub.

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Google Nest Hub Stories March 31

A newly uncovered animation of Android’s Tap to Transfer could offer visual hints of the upcoming Nest Hub dockable tablet, or it could be showing nothing at all.

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Google Nest Hub Stories March 29

Some Nest Hub owners today are waking up to a UI redesign, though the update looks to have bootlooped the Assistant Smart Display for others. 

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Google Nest Hub Stories March 25

Nest Hub adding simple birthday countdowns, here’s how to control

Since the start of this year, Assistant Smart Displays haven’t seen too many new capabilities. A small feature addition today does add birthday countdowns to the Nest Hub. 

Google Nest Hub Stories January 12

Google’s beloved Nest Hub smart display got a refresh in 2021 with an updated design and a neat new trick. Now, nearly a year after that launch, it’s finally arriving in India.

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Google Nest Hub Stories November 30, 2021

Google Assistant directly promotes limited-time Nest Hub discount to some users

Coinciding with the big Black Friday Week sale over on the Google Store, it appears that some Android users are seeing the Google Assistant promote the recently discounted Nest Hub at $49.99.

Google Nest Hub Stories November 15, 2021

Last week, Google announced that the Nest Hub (2nd gen) is adding more sleep data and improved snore detection. The latest update to the Google Fit app enables the new Sleep Stages graph even as the information has yet to appear on the Smart Display.

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Google Nest Hub Stories November 9, 2021

Back in March, Google announced the 2nd-generation Nest Hub with Soli-powered sleep tracking. An update to the Sleep Sensing capability today introduces sleep stages, while it will remain free on the Nest Hub for all of next year.

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Google Nest Hub Stories November 8, 2021

Owners of the original Nest Hub have spotted a bug that pauses all media playing in their home while a Nest Camera feed is playing.

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Google Nest Hub Stories October 31, 2021

Google Home app gets redesigned ‘Photo Frame’ settings menu that adds a preview

In addition to readying a new “Google Weather Frog” option for clock faces, the Home companion app now has a redesigned UI when choosing albums for your Nest Hub Photo Frame.

In May, the Weather Frog clock face rolled out to the first-generation Nest Hub and Hub Max, and Google now appears to be combining the adorable character, weather, and photos into one clock face.

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Google Nest Hub Stories October 11, 2021

Google Photos ‘Memories’ coming directly to Nest Hub ‘Your day’ tab

Google Photos and Assistant Smart Displays are the perfect combination of hardware and software. That requires setting the appropriate clock today, but the Google Photos integration is getting deeper, with Memories soon set to appear in the Nest Hub “Your day” tab. 

Google Nest Hub Stories October 2, 2021

Motion Sense is the marquee feature of Google’s most recent Assistant Smart Display and it powers Sleep Sensing. The Nest Hub (2nd-gen) looks to be adding another Soli Quick Gesture capability that will let you “browse photos.”

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Google Nest Hub Stories September 23, 2021

Google improves Spanish support on the Nest Hub, Hub Max in the US

An update to the Nest Hub and Hub Max improves how the Assistant Smart Displays handle Spanish by providing a more immersive language experience in the US.

Google Nest Hub Stories September 6, 2021

Last month, Google announced that the Nest Hub would start showing Air Quality (AQI) information in the US. Many are now seeing a new setting in the Google Home app, though the actual reading is not yet widely rolled out on Smart Displays.

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Google Nest Hub Stories September 3, 2021

Earlier this year, the “Weather Frog” became available on Assistant Smart Displays as a delightful new Photo Frame background. Google testing has now inadvertently revealed that “Character” Nest Hub clocks are in development. 

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Google Nest Hub Stories August 18, 2021

Legoland equips all of its California and New York hotel rooms with a Nest Hub

Last August, Google announced that it was optimizing Smart Displays for use in hotel rooms to provide hands-free help and control. One such large-scale deployment of Nest Hubs is now live at Legoland sites in California and New York.

Google Nest Hub Stories August 17, 2021

More owners of the first-generation Nest Hub are receiving the update to Google’s Fuchsia operating system as it expands beyond the Preview program.

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Google Nest Hub Stories August 11, 2021

Smart Displays are very useful for checking the weather at a glance and Google is now showing air quality index (AQI) on the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max directly in the Photo Frame/”Ambient screen.” 

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Google Nest Hub Stories July 14, 2021

Since late May, Fuchsia has been rolling out to Google’s first-generation Assistant Smart Display. More Nest Hubs are receiving the Fuchsia OS update now, and some users are seeing their screens go purple, but there’s, fortunately, a quick fix.

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Google Nest Hub Stories June 11, 2021

As we speak, Google is actively rolling out Fuchsia OS for the first time starting on the first-generation Nest Hub as a replacement to the older Cast OS. It’s a huge milestone for the operating system, but given Google’s goal to make the replacement entirely seamless, can you actually tell the difference? Let’s take a look.

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Last month, Google officially released their from-scratch operating system, Fuchsia, starting with select first-generation Nest Hubs. Here are a few different ways to know whether or not your Google Nest Hub has been updated to Fuchsia OS.

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Google Nest Hub Stories June 7, 2021

Google’s Assistant Smart Displays have always had a built-in web browser that you could rather easily access. That rudimentary Nest Hub browser now has a keyboard and a handful of other features to advance the experience.

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Google Nest Hub Stories May 27, 2021

Assistant Smart Displays can either display a clock or photos when they are not actively used. Google is now offering a new background “Photo Frame” that brings the Weather Frog from mobile Search to Nest Hubs.

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Google Nest Hub Stories May 25, 2021

Google’s long-in-development, from-scratch operating system, Fuchsia, is now running on real Made by Google devices, namely, the first-generation Nest Hub.

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Google Nest Hub Stories May 12, 2021

Amazon refreshes Echo Show display lineup yet again — is Google falling behind? [Poll]

Google and Amazon are the two biggest players when it comes to smart speakers and displays, and today, Amazon has refreshed its popular Echo Show lineup for 2021. It’s got us thinking — is Google falling behind?

Google Nest Hub Stories May 3, 2021

Google’s long in-development operating system Fuchsia has taken one step closer to running on real devices, as a Bluetooth listing shows the Nest Hub running “Fuchsia 1.0.”

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At the end of March, Made by Google started shipping its latest Smart Display in six countries. Google will be making the new Nest Hub (2nd gen) more widely available in Europe next month.

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Google Nest Hub Stories April 27, 2021

Google Nest Hub could be in your next hotel room w/ new ‘Guest Supply’ partnership

The expansion of contactless service has sped up during the era of COVID-19, and some hotels will soon provide a new solution powered by Google. Guest services in hotels may soon be handled by a Google Nest Hub in your room.

Google Nest Hub Stories April 14, 2021

Back in October, Smart Displays saw a big UI and navigation redesign. Google is now tweaking the order of tabs for some Nest Hub users to put an unfortunately large emphasis on Assistant games, though this results in a bug on a second-gen model that sees “Wellness” disappear.

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Google Nest Hub Stories April 6, 2021

Often the two-year period between a device launch and its proposed follow-up brings with it a whole host of changes and improvements. The original Nest Hub — formerly the Home Hub — has now been superseded by the Nest Hub 2nd gen, and it raises questions as to which is right for you.

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Google Nest Hub Stories March 31, 2021

Besides the Photo frame background feature on Smart Displays, you can use Google Assistant to see other uploaded pictures in your collection. In addition to viewing, Nest Hub users will soon be able to share multiple photos in bulk via voice command.

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Google Nest Hub Stories March 30, 2021

Technology today is already quite assistive, from location-aware reminders to notifications telling you when to leave, factoring in live traffic conditions. In fact, that’s now the base level of usefulness we expect from our gadgets. After using Google’s 2nd-gen Nest Hub for the past week, I experienced the next level of computers passively suggesting what improvements can be made in your life, and it will take some time to get used to.

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