Earlier this year we saw a sizeable update to the Nest Hub and similar Google-powered smart speakers, adding a bunch of features and one cute-as-a-button little guy known as the "Weather Frog." While the Sanrio-style frog is so far the only animated screen of its kind, if recent leaks are any indication, alternatives are coming down the pipe.
After being in development for years, Google's Fuchsia OS is finally ready to be used in a consumer product. Over the coming months, it will be rolled out to the first-gen Nest Hub. You needn't fret or get excited about the update since you'll barely be able to notice any difference when your device transitions to it.
At their core, Google's smart displays are permanently-docked tablets designed to stay in a single location in your home. Despite featuring screen sizes large enough to run full-blown Android, they're using special software perfect for glanceable information like cards and slideshows. However, a new video showing a fresh app UI for the Nest Hub series could be a preview of more functionality coming soon.
We're deep into summertime in the Northern Hemisphere, and over the last decade or so, that's meant one increasingly common phenomenon: wildfires. While climate change continues to increase deadly weather events, monitoring the air quality of your environment is more vital than ever before. To make it a little easier to catch info at a glance, Google's adding a new badge to its Nest Hubs to help users track the air around them.
While our daily routines probably aren't as routine as they once were, Google is preparing another round of improvements to Assistant that will make it easier to take control of your activities. Several of the new features are aimed at scheduling and keeping organized, but there are also some great additions to storytelling content and new educational tools coming soon.
Smart displays are great. While it's true they don't do much a phone or tablet can't, they're designed to sit in one place without sticking out too much (which you can't say about a Fire tablet duct taped to the wall). Right now, you can pick up a first-generation Nest Hub for just $49 — about what you'd pay for an entry-level smart speaker with no screen attached.
The Google Nest Hub is a few years old at this point, but the smart display recently popped up in the news when it became the first consumer device to run Fuchsia OS. However, if your Nest Hub is using the fuchsia color a bit too generously, know that it's not a part of the update — it's a bug.
If you've been online today, you've most probably noticed the avalanche of Prime Day deals. Although these include a lot of tech products, there are no Nest products in there. Thankfully, these products are also marked down and available from a bunch of online and physical retailers.
Google Assistant is a crucial component of Android, easily accessible from your home screen — and soon, from your power button. While it's a robust tool in its own right, it only gets better with more third-party integration. Several new enhancements are coming to both Assistant and smart displays to help make getting the information you need a whole lot easier.