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Smart Home Technology Poised for Blockbuster Growth

Smart Home Technology Poised for Blockbuster Growth

That could be beneficial for some users, as it could mean the device is capable of streaming videos from the likes of Netflix and BBC iPlayer, something the third-party smart displays are incapable of.

To be clear, a lot of these Google Assistant updates will hit Google-branded devices first, especially the Google Pixel 3 and Google Home Hub. Apart from these features, Google Assistant can now be launched from the Google Home app itself.

Customers on a slightly tighter budget can opt for the iD Mobile network, which is offering the Google Pixel 3 with 1GB data for £28.99 per month and an upfront cost of £299.99 and the Google Pixel 3 XL with 1GB for £28.99 per month and a £399.99 upfront cost. And that's exactly what the Google Home Hub is all about. But we'd take a punt on the JBL being superior sonically to the Google device, given this has been the case for all comparative smart speaker releases so far, and the fact that the Google Home Hub seems to be mono.

Osterloh said the new devices were created to take advantage of Google's development of artificial intelligence. As expected, a number of these are having to do with Smart Displays, but there are some changes coming to Google Assistant on your phone as well. In 2017, Amazon upped the ante with its Amazon Echo Show smart display.

In a briefing with Google Australia yesterday it was confirmed that the Home Hub does indeed support their Duo calling app. Still, Alexa's 50,000 skills and the Echo's compatibility with thousands of smart home devices beat Google Home Hub.

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Additionally, Google has brought a tighter integration with Google Photos into the mix. And also the smart home products which can be integrated with its app.

You will now get the Google Assistant in the lockscreen, Google notes in a blog.

Which voice assistant you prefer comes down to personal preference.

The Home Hub is surprisingly diddy in real life, effectively a 7in tablet with medium sized bezels fixed to a small base. But Alexa's market leadership in the U.S. has seen it adopted by a good many smart-home companies and recently audio companies too - it can be used to control HEOS devices from Denon and Marantz, for example, and recent Yamaha products too. Of course, you can still use voice controls as well.

You can view the full-resolution versions of the images right here, but you probably don't need to because the results couldn't be more clear.


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