Google Nest Hub 2nd-gen now official
Google has announced the 2nd generation Google Nest Hub with added features for sleep and health.
The new Nest Hub’s speaker is based on the same audio technology as Nest Audio and has 50% more bass than the original Hub. Through this, users may access podcasts or audiobooks from services like YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora or watch movies and shows with a subscription from providers like Netflix, Disney+, and YouTube TV. With Quick Gestures, users can also pause or play content at any time by tapping the air in front of their display.
Additionally, the new Nest Hub shows all compatible connected devices in one place. With its built-in Thread radio, Nest Hub will work with the new connectivity standard created by Project Connected Home over IP. Besides, the device also comes with a built-in Chromecast and supports Google Assistant.
The new sleep feature is also present in the new Nest Hub with its camera-free-design. The device uses Motion sense powered by Soli low-energy radar technology to analyze how the person closest to the display is sleeping, based on movement and breathing patterns. It can also detect things such as coughing and snoring or shifts in light or temperature in the room with built-in microphones and ambient light and temperature sensors. This, of course, is optional, and users have an option whether to turn it off or leave it on.
Lastly, the device features an edgeless glass display, and it is designed with recycled materials with its plastic mechanical parts containing 54% recycled post-consumer plastic, as Google claims.
Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) specs:
7-inch (1024 x 600) touchscreen Smart Display
Full-range 1.7 in driver
3 far-field microphones
Soli sensor for Motion Sense
Ambient EQ light sensor
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
59-inch Power cable
2.7 x 7.0 x 4.7in
Chalk, Charcoal, Sand, Mist
The second-generation Nest Hub is priced at USD 99.99 and can be pre-ordered online in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, and Australia through Google Stores and other retailers.