Google Home Hub is official, available October 22 for $149

The Google Home Hub screen showing weather and directions.

Enlarge / The Google Home Hub. (credit: Google)

After launching Google Assistant Smart Display software earlier this year, Google now has first-party hardware to match: it just announced the Google Home Hub, for $149.

The Home Hub is Google's answer to the Amazon Echo Show: it's basically a Google Home smart speaker with a display. With a screen, you can see the weather, timer, calendar event, photos, and other information delivered to you by the Google Assistant. Google's Smart Display hardware fits in with the Google Home speakers. It comes in white and black, with the same cloth speaker cover you'd find on a Google Home.

If you've seen our review of the Lenovo Smart Display, there shouldn't be anything new to see from the Google Home Hub. The Google Assistant Smart Display software that both devices run should be identical across devices. Just like a Google Assistant speaker, all devices, regardless of manufacturer, run the same build of the software and receive centralized updates from Google. Smart Displays all run a build of Android Things—Google's stripped-down version of Android for IoT devices—with the special Google Assistant Smart Display app on top.

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