Google launches Nest Hub Max to control smart home devices

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																	Google announces Nest Hub Max consolidates smart home gadgets under the Nest brand					
								
			
	
		Mike We

"We are introducing a #NestHubMax, a smart display from Google Nest and Made by Google".

Google has rebranded its smart home brand to Google Nest, with Next being the brand moving forward for all Google home products.

Google's new smart display, the Nest Home Hub Max, features a host of improvements over the previous model and a built-in camera for video calls.

"The 10" Nest Hub Max is larger than the existing 7" Nest Hub and comes with an HD touchscreen over the older device's LCD display - as well as a camera.

As announced at the Google IO developer conference, Google will shut down the "Works With Nest" program on August 31, 2019. Here's what it's like.

While Assistant-powered voice devices look set to continue to grow as a share of the estimated 500 million smart speakers that will be installed in the United States by 2024, Google could lose momentum and push a larger share of consumers toward Amazon and Alexa if they're unsure what to expect from buying into a Google ecosystem. You can also have the voice assistant fill up forms for ticket purchases, flights and even auto rentals based on your plans saved on your device. To make things more logical, that device will be known from now on as the Nest Hub. Of course you get all the benefits of Google Assistant as well. Allegedly, Google will publish information regarding sensors, cameras and microphones in its smart phone products, this will allow the users to disconnect and disable microphones and camera on the Nest Hub Max. At this stage they only support low powered (Wi-Fi) devices - any device that can be controlled by Google Assistant will be compatible.

The Nest Hub Max is scheduled for a summer release.

Google's justification for ending the Works With Nest program is that it will keep users' data more private, as third parties will no longer be able to directly access or control Nest devices.

The Nest Hub Max can also be used to make video calls using Google Duo, like other smart displays with Amazon Alexa.

The latest Android Q beta version is now available, and users have a chance to enjoy the new Dark Theme, which uses true black instead of the dark gray which was visible in previous versions.

It hampers Nest camera owners' ability to spy on people (think of recent news about AirBnB hosts who have been caught spying on guests). Voice Match and Face Match systems take advantage of facial recognition and the Assistant.

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