- Google has launched the Nest Hub as the successor to the original device
- The latest offering is capable of tracking the sleeping patterns of the person closest to the display
- The new Nest Hub also comes with a dedicated on-device machine learning chip
The Google Nest Hub (2nd-gen) smart display has gone official. It is the successor to the original Nest Hub that had debuted way back in 2018. The latest offering comes with upgraded hardware as well as some new features.
Notably, the second-generation Nest Hub is powered by a Soli-radar chip that debuted on the Pixel 4 smartphone for the Sleep Sensing feature. The smart display retains the same look like the original Nest Hub.
Google Nest Hub second-gen specifications and features
The new Nest Hub features an edgeless glass display and is built using recyclable materials. Google hasn’t revealed the screen size of the smart display but we expect it to be the same as the original device at 7-inches. There are motion sensors on the top of the display.
Google says that the new Nest Hub comes with updated speakers with 50 percent more bass compared to the original Hub. Users can stream music, podcasts, audiobooks from YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music etc. They can also watch shows and movies from OTT services including Netflix, Disney+ and YouTube TV. The new Nest Hub features Quick Gestures that lets users play/pause music by pointing their palm in front of the screen.
Coming to the striking feature on the new Nest Hub, the Sleep Sensing makes use of Motion Sense that is powered by Soli low-energy radar technology. It analyzes the closest person’s (to the display) sleeping patterns based on their movement and breathing.
It can also detect disturbances like coughing, snoring, light and temperature changes with the help of built-in microphones, ambient light and temperature sensors.
Sleep Sensing is all done without a camera or a wearable device. Users will receive a report on their sleep summary on the display or they can view it any time by asking “Hey Google, how did I sleep?”. The feature can only track one person at a time and it also connects to the user’s Google Fit app on Android and iOS.
Google says that Sleep Sensing is optional and there’s a visual indicator that informs when the feature is on. The data is processed and stored only on the device. Sleep Sensing on second-gen Nest Hub is available as a free preview until next year. Google said that it is also looking to integrate this feature with Fitbit’s sleep tracking
Google Nest Hub second-gen pricing and availability
The Google Nest Hub is priced at $100 (~Rs 7,248) and is up for pre-orders in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France and Australia from Google store and other retailers starting today. It is offered in Chalk, Charcoal, Sand and the new Mist colours.