Someone at B&H Photo Video has jumped the gun and already listed Google's next-gen smart display, the Nest Hub 2. While the listing doesn't reveal images, it doesn't shy away from giving out possibly everything else you'd want to know about the device, including its price.
Assistant has had native support for security cameras for a while. Unfortunately, these were limited to simply streaming the live feed to a smart display or a Chromecast. Even though most doorbells could be configured as security cameras, they couldn't notify you when someone was at the door using Assistant. Google just updated its digital helper, allowing smart doorbells to send notifications natively.
Smart displays are good for lots of useful things, but what about when you just want to unwind and relax? Google brought touch-enabled games to smart displays earlier this year, and now the company is releasing an update that's focused on getting more people playing with a newly revamped gaming screen and a selection of new titles.
For a year defined by videoconferencing, our smart displays have not been able to keep up as a worthy companion — mostly because the apps either aren't there or aren't very good. But there's a giant improvement due for the cross-section of Nest Hub Max owners and Google Meet users and even bigger news for those on Zoom.
If you're looking for a smart display that can double as an actual decent speaker and also comes with a built-in camera, look no further. The JBL Link View will help you get through your day, cook, and stay in touch with loved ones, all for just $90, which is $210 less than its original retail price.
Call it a quality-of-life update or maybe even a "quality-of-memory" update: Google will soon begin listing dates and locations of users' own pictures if they have turned on Google Photos slideshows for their Nest displays and/or Chromecast screens. Display and Chromecast owners were emailed about the change which begins rolling out September 15.
You can look all the way back to the launch of the first Pixel phone to find Google has been tinkering with games in Assistant. Four years later and Google's directory of voice-controlled games is brimming with activities you can use to pass the time. And since smart displays have become a substantial part of the Assistant ecosystem, Google's sights are set on some more visually stimulating experiences that involve interaction through both voice and touch.
Ambient Mode lets you choose what your Google screens — Android TVs, Chromecasts, and smart displays — show when they're idle; it's basically a slideshow screensaver. Google's started taking the opportunity to do a little subtle advertising for its Pixel phones: a new Captured on Pixel photo category is rolling out as an Ambient Mode option.
With Google I/O falling victim to a global pandemic this year, a whole round of developments on Google Assistant has gone unannounced. But the company has made up for that opportunity with a presentation at the Voice Global 2020 virtual summit, revealing new tools for developers and new expectations for consumers when they interact with smart displays and speakers going forward.