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Google Nest Hub and Sleep Sensing long-term review: I remain unconvinced

Google Nest Hub and Sleep Sensing long-term review: I remain unconvinced

Google released the original Nest Hub (née Home Hub) in 2018, and we liked it even at $150. That price came down substantially, giving more people a chance to try out what was arguably the best Assistant smart display. Google says one in five people put that device in their bedrooms, thanks largely to the lack of a camera. The second-gen Hub still doesn't have a camera, but it does watch you. Hiding inside the almost identical chassis is a Soli radar module, which monitors your movement and breathing to track sleep. Any technology product that watches you sleep is bound to come off a little creepy, but there's more to the Hub than sleep tracking.

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Ask us anything about the Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) (Q&A)

Ask us anything about the Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) (Q&A)

Google's smart home hubs have gone through many iterations, launching first as Google-branded products before falling under Nest's purview in 2019. Now the newest member of the Nest lineup is officially here. Our reviews editor Ryan Whitwam has been testing out the Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) for a week, and he's ready to tell you what you want to know.

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Google Nest Hubs get three new clock faces

Google Nest Hubs get three new clock faces

The clock face offerings on Google's Nest Hub devices have always been a little underwhelming, and it recently even dropped support for showing photos from Facebook and Flickr. Google is finally expanding its collection with three new clock faces for the Nest Hub and the Nest Hub Max, one of which shows both the time and weather concurrently.

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Tip: Google Assistant can help you manage your phone's battery life, even remotely

Tip: Google Assistant can help you manage your phone's battery life, even remotely

Google Assistant is useful beyond answering run-of-the-mill questions about the weather or helping set alarms and timers. You can ask it to make restaurant reservations, schedule lights on or off, or tell you how much you slept last night. At some point, it also picked up a new ability that lets you manage your phone's battery life remotely — since we didn't know about it, we figured you probably won't either.

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Recent Nest Hub Max preview software messes with connected devices, but there's already an easy fix

Recent Nest Hub Max preview software messes with connected devices, but there's already an easy fix

Despite the potential consequences, many of us tend to join preview programs fairly often. Sometimes the early software releases give us new features and improvements well ahead of other users, but from time to time, they have some unfortunate side effects. If you're using a Google Nest Hub Max to provide connectivity to a Nest Detect or Next x Yale Lock, and you've received a recent firmware update as part of the preview program, there's a good chance those security devices have lost internet connectivity. But the good news: There's a simple fix.

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Google is rolling out a huge update to smart displays, and it includes a dark mode

Google is rolling out a huge update to smart displays, and it includes a dark mode

Google has been making smart displays with Assistant for over two years now, but they've functioned more or less the same that entire time. Some models have upgraded features, like the wide-angle lens on the Nest Hub Max, but the core software experience hasn't changed. That's no longer the case, as Google is finally rolling out the upgraded UI that was first spotted in September.

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New UI spotted in testing on Nest Hub Max that gives quick access to contextual controls

New UI spotted in testing on Nest Hub Max that gives quick access to contextual controls

Google's a company that's always experimenting with new features and tweaks for its software to improve the user experience. Now a new video has surfaced showing a completely revamped UI on the Nest Hub Max that makes touch controls easier to access — and it looks promising.

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How to factory reset your Google Home, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, Chromecast, or other Assistant device

How to factory reset your Google Home, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, Chromecast, or other Assistant device

While smart speakers have rapidly become ubiquitous in many of our homes, there are practical things about them—like initiating a factory reset when you sell them—that just aren't intuitive without a bit of Googling. And since the Assistant (fortunately) won't abide your voice request to initiate one, that means this is one smart speaker and display feature that requires going hands-on. Fortunately, it's pretty easy in most cases for devices like Google Home, Nest Home, and Nest Hub.

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There's a crazy Google Home sale happening, hurry to get one for under $30

There's a crazy Google Home sale happening, hurry to get one for under $30

Google Home speakers have become common household items over the last few years, and if you're looking to replace your old one, upgrade from a Mini, or add another to a new room, this is your week: almost every retailer has them on sale for just $30, a full $70 off their regular price.

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Midweek deals: Save on Nest Hub Max, an Amazon Echo bundle, charging products, and more

Midweek deals: Save on Nest Hub Max, an Amazon Echo bundle, charging products, and more

In case you haven't heard, the stock market has taken quite a tumble in the last week or two, forcing tech companies all over the world to reconsider their financial forecasts for the foreseeable future. So far, this hasn't affected the number of deals that have come across our desks, but it could have an impact down the road. Nevertheless, you can help support some of your favorite brands by investing in the latest round of discounts from this week.

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