Google’s Nest Hub and Google’s Nest Hub Max both offer the same features as the Google Home, Home Max, and Nest Mini, but they add a display to the mix, making them ideal for smart home control and video playback. The Nest Hub has a 7-inch display, while the Nest Hub Max has a 10-inch display, as well as a Nest camera built-in.
The displays allow you to watch YouTube videos for example, read news snippets, control any smart home devices you have using the touchscreens, as well as view any Google Assistant-compatible camera feeds. Of course, they too offers Google Assistant so you can use your voice to control everything too, as you can with the rest of the Home devices, but the displays brings everything to life.
As with the Home devices, they too have a physical button for turning the microphone off.
Nest and Google Home devices can be a control centre for your entire home. They will allow you do the basics like set alarms and timers and manage to-do lists and shopping lists, but they will also connect your smart home and support popular network systems. It’s worth mentioning that you will need the Google Home app to set everything up.
Once you set up your Nest or Google Home device and all your smart devices in your home in the Google Home app, you will be able to control them. This applies to smart lights from various companies, switches, plugs, other Nest products (like the Nest Hello or Nest Cam IQ) and pretty much any compatible smart home device.
It’s also possible to control things beyond the home too, such as book an Uber or order dinner. Bear in mind that you will have to ensure everything is setup first though. The best part is all this is done with just your voice, though as we mentioned, if you have the Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max, you can also use the display to control your smart home devices.
Nest and Google Home devices allow you to ask Google anything, from the weather to specific facts. Google’s years of search experience is behind Google Assistant so you can ask specific questions like “how much fat is in an avocado?” or “what is Wayne Rooney’s shirt number?”, but Google Assistant is also capable of conversation so you can ask follow up questions too like “where did he go to school?”, without repeating the “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” wake words before the follow up question.
You can ask complex questions too, such as: “OK Google, what was the US population when NASA was established?”. Nest and Google Home devices will give you immediate answers each time and they can read the relevant parts of webpages back to you, or show you on the Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max.