Google merges Nest and Home brands

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																	Google announces Nest Hub Max consolidates smart home gadgets under the Nest brand					
								
			
	
		Mike We

The decision to rollback the green status light toggle on the Nest app for older Nest cameras was one the team wrestled with prior to Google IO, according to the reps we talked to today. Rick Osterloh, senior vice president who oversees hardware at Google, explained onstage that the Google Home Hub is now renamed the Nest Hub.

The Google I/O developer conference has started with news on cheaper Pixel phones, a bigger Hub smart display, the next Android, and improvements to Assistant, Lens and AR.

New for the Nest Hub Max is a wide-angle camera, which enables video calling and messaging including an automatic framing system. The combination will make sure that products work seamlessly with Works with Google and Works with Nest products. Here's what it's like.

Beyond the new hardware, Google also announced a few new features coming to its software for smart displays. The Assistant will offer personalized recommendations, and you can easily video chat with friends by using Duo. However, if you're interested in placing video calls with your smart display, bear in mind the Nest Hub doesn't have a camera, which means others won't be able to see you. Multiple Google Nest products will work together; for example, as you move around the house, the closest device will answer your questions. A physical switch on the back disconnects the camera and mics. You can then check out the live feed from your smartphone.

The news represents the next logical step after Nest was brought into the fold of Google Home devices, alongside Google Home and Chromecast, after previously acting as an independent subsidiary of Alphabet. Allegedly, Google will publish information regarding sensors, cameras and microphones in its smart phone products, this will allow the users to disconnect and disable microphones and camera on the Nest Hub Max.

Google showed the next version of Android, Q, with features including a dark mode and better gesture controls. As a hardcore YouTube TV user, Nest Hub Max would make an excellent television too. Nest Hub is now available in the USA for $129 Google's also updated its pricing for its smart speaker range with the Google Home priced at $99 and Google Home Max priced at $299. When they launch an updated generation of the device, it will likely be called Google Nest Chromecast. But Google, unlike Facebook, doesn't now have public image that's largely stained by the social network's activities in the trafficking of user data - the anti-privacy, if you will.

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