Google has launched its very first display Nest Hub for just 9,999 INR in India. It is available in two color variants Chalk and Charcoal and will be through Flipkart, Tata Cliq, Croma and Reliance Digital. It is the first smart display to launch in the country powered by Google Assistant. The Nest Hub is basically a Google smart speaker that comes with a touchscreen display. It was originally called Google Home Hub. It measures 118 x 178.5 x 67.3 mm and weighs 480 grams.
To bring Nest Hub in India, Google has partnered with Xiaomi and it is now selling the Xiaomi’s Mi Security Camera worth 1,799 INR for free for a limited time. The interested customers can contact Flipkart and Tata CliQ to avail this limited time offer. Google has also partnered with Gaana to bring the entire catalog of music for its Nest Hub users for free. It can even source food recipes from NDTV Food, Archana’s Kitchen, etc. You can also customize your news sources to play news from specific news channels only.
The Google Nest Hub comes with a 7-inch display and is designed to control over 200 million devices from over 3,500 brands including Xiaomi, Syska, Oakter, LG, Yeelight, Philips, etc. With the device, for connectivity, you get Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v5.0. The newly launched Google Nest Hub comes with the company’s Ambient EQ feature which automatically adjusts the screen brightness as per the ambient light in the room. The best thing about it is that it comes with Google’s Digital Wellbeing features. There is also a downtime feature which checks the total time you have spent on the device. There is even a feature named Filters, using which you can control the content that is displayed on the screen i.e. users can filter out content that seems unfit for their kids.
Since it is powered by Google Assistant it can be operated by just using voice commands. This means that you get access to a variety of Google services including Search, YouTube, and Google Photos, Calendar and many more. The Nest Hub can be used to control supported devices around in your house as well, like smart lighting and switches. It will come with Google’s Voice Match feature so it will also allow different users to offer a personalized experience. Google has also provided various Digital Wellbeing features on the Nest Hub.
In terms of design, the bezels are somewhat thick and there is no camera in the front. On the rear, the device has a switch to mute the microphone. The Hub can give you a quick overview of the status of your home, such as temperature, smart locks, etc. However, most of these features are useless in India as that ecosystem isn’t available.