Few days back, Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) smart display officially launches in India. The smart device comes with an edgeless glass display. This display can double up as a digital photo frame. The all-new smart display comes with same audio technology as present on Google Nest Audio. Using this audio technology, the bass can be boost-up by 50 percent. Therefore, the all-new Nest Hub (2nd Gen) can offer a boost of 50 percent in bass over the original Nest Hub. Furthermore, the second-generation Nest Hub smart display from Google also gets multi-room control. This will make it easier for the user to group multi-cast enabled Nest devices.
Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) with Smart Display:
To remind you all, the second-generation Google Nest Hub smart display was launched globally last year. However, in India, the Nest Hub (2nd Gen) launched now with some toned features. The Indian variant of Nest Hub (2nd Gen) skips the Sleep Sensing feature along with gesture controls. During the launch event, the search giant confirms that this sleep tracking feature won’t come with the Indian variant. This is because of the lack of its Soli radar functionality.
During the launch event, the Google representative stated that, “Some of the key headline features like sleep sensing is not functioning in the device [sic] because it is based on the same Soli radar technology that was used in Pixel 4. It is currently not cleared for use in India”. To recall, Soli is useful with gesture controls. Since Soli functionality is absent on Indian variant of Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen). Therefore, the buyers in India will also have to compromise on the gesture control feature as well.
Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen): Price in India, availability
Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) in India comes with a price tag of Rs 7999. During the launch event, the search giant confirms that the all-new Google Nest smart devices will be available for purchase via Flipkart, Reliance Digital and Tata Cliq. Furthermore, the latest Nest Hub will later be available through retail outlets in the second half of the year. Currently, the search giant is offering this Nest Hub (2nd Gen) in two colour options. This includes Chalk and Charcoal colours.
Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen): Design and Features
The all-new second generation Google Nest Hub comes with an edgeless display. Whenever not in use, this latest smart display device can act as a digital photo frame. The search giant confirms that the new Nest Hub is design using the recycled materials. During the launch event, the search giant mentions that the plastic mechanical parts of this Nest Hub contain 54 percent post-consumer plastic. Furthermore, this edgeless display gets a floating design. Such design hides all the visible plastic housing in the front.
Regarding its audio related features, the Nest Hub (2nd Gen) comes with same audio technology as the Google Nest Audio. This is claimed to offer it a 50% bass enhancement over the original Nest Hub. Apart from this, the second-generation Nest Hub also supports apps like Apple Music, Gaana, Jio Saavn, Spotify, and YouTube Music. The Nest Hub users can also stream video content over the YouTube and Netflix apps.
The Google Assistant on the Nest Hub also gets the third microphone to hear users better. This second-generation Nest Hub smart display device also gets multi-room control. It will allow to group up with other Cast-enabled Nest devices. These devices may include speakers, smart displays or even Chromecasts. This smart display also works with new connectivity standard. To recall, these new standards are created by the Connectivity Standards Alliance for simplifying control of smart home devices.
This Google smart display is design with the user’s privacy in mind. It highlights the need of keeping a user’s information safe, managing it ethically, and giving the user authority. Just like the first-generation Nest Hub, the second-generation Google Nest Hub lacks a camera. Furthermore, its microphone can be turned off using the slider which is present on the back of the device. Also Read – Control Centre gets major changes in iOS 15, bring other design changes