Google launches one stop smart home controller
October 10, 2018
The Home Hub uses Google Assistant, allowing users to access the company’s YouTube, Search, Photos, Calendar and Maps app from its seven inch screen.
Consumers can control more than 10,000 products, such as lights, home heating, smart TVs, from more than 1,000 manufacturers via a single interface. Previously consumers had to control devices through their dedicated apps.
Google said it left off a camera on the device to take account of recent privacy concerns surrounding digital companies.
The Home Hub has been initially launched in the US priced $149 and the announcement coincides with Google revealing an updated version of its Pixel handset. The smartphone has a improved smartphone, screen and the ability to avoid spam calls by screening who is calling a device.
Rick Osterloh, SVP of Hardware at Google, said: “There’s a clear line from the technology we were working on 20 years ago [when Google launched] to the technology we’re developing today—and the big breakthroughs come at the intersection of AI, software and hardware, working together.”