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You can't use Google Home Hub in portrait mode, as you can with the Lenovo. That's OK because Google is attempting to make the smart home experience easier instead of trying to cram in more radios to broaden the types of products it works with.

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At the MadeByGoogle event in NYC on Tuesday, I spent some time with the new hub. With a small 7-inch display, it's tiny compared to existing smart displays like the excellent Lenovo Smart Display.

Starting with the Google Home app, the redesign brings all compatible smart devices in one place, and enables controlling them more easily, without having to go to each device's app separately. However, the Home Hub is something entirely different. Aside from four color options, some unique features and some that will arrive on the competing products soon. The Lenovo Smart Display is $199 and $249 for 8- and 10-inch models, so it's appropriate for the size.

There's also no camera on the Google Home Hub, unlike the other smart displays. When configured, the Hub knows which room you're in and provides information on temperature and lighting as well.

Ultimately, the Home Hub is just a hardware-based middleman that sits, physically, between you and the Google Assistant and its cloud-based capabilities. You can play YouTube videos as well, although it doesn't yet support playing content you've purchased on Google Play Movies & TV. Furthermore, Google Home users are getting the ability to increase or decrease playback speed of news and podcasts, a feature that was only available for audiobooks previously. But the big difference, for now, I guess, is its new dashboard view, which mimics the new Google Home app on mobile. Did I want to see a Google hub with Zigbee and/or Z-Wave radios?



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