Nest Hub Max: Hands-on with this camera-clad display


As announced at the Google IO developer conference, Google will shut down the "Works With Nest" program on August 31, 2019. Installers who are not proactive will likely receive a few complaints when functionality between a user's home automation system and their Nest devices completely break. Let's hope this device makes an appearance here soon because I am dying to say "Hey Google, turn off the lights" before I go to bed at night instead of turning off the lights and running into my bed frightened.

Google Home products and Nest smart home devices are now under the Google Nest brand. That confused us for a while but apparently, the rumors are true.

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This can be a head-scratching moment but yes, Google and Nest combined their powers once again, re-branding old products. The company is attempting to regain consumer trust lost when its Nest security hub was discovered to include a secret microphone earlier this year, according to the Times.

What you do get is the same best-in-class 12.2-megapixel rear camera, and the same super-smooth Pixel Android software. At this stage they only support low powered (Wi-Fi) devices - any device that can be controlled by Google Assistant will be compatible. In competition with Amazon's Alexa, Google is launching a 10in version of smart display. FYI, Nest was previously under Alphabet. What's unique with the Nest Hub Max is that it has a unique feature called Auto Framing that essentially follows your face as you move around a room, automatically centering it. It's basically the Home Max. Beyond its own smart speakers, Google has partnered with JBL, Lenovo Group Ltd. and other companies on screened speakers running Google software.

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The goal here is to simplify your experience when using Google and Nest products, giving you just one account to manage rather than two. The Next Hub Max is just the newest in a line of devices like these, made to take full advantage of the Google services universe through Google Assistant. The feature is named as Match, which Google describes as the device processes facial data locally and does not upload it to the cloud. It is coming by the end of this summer and will be priced at the cost of $229. It will be out in Australia, UK, and the US. Now we've got a bigger Nest Hub Max (with 10-inch screen) and the smaller Nest Hub.

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