Google Nest Hub, Google’s smart speaker with a 7″ display, launches in India for ₹9,999 (~$140)

Google Nest Hub, Google’s smart speaker with a 7″ display, launches in India for ₹9,999 (~$140)

There’s a global rise in demand for interactive voice-based tech solutions for the natural ease of use and simplicity they offer. The market has been catching up in countries like India, where the two leaders in the segment – Google and Amazon – are pitting their best smart speakers to entice users with the charming voices of their respective smart assistants. To make conversations easier and make the smart speaker more useful, both the companies have added displays to some of their smart speakers. Google Nest Hub, a smart speaker from Google with a 7-inch display, is now making its way to India at a price of ₹9,999 (~$140).

The Google Nest Hub, as granted from its name, can be used as a control hub for all your smart home devices. With the help of the two far-field microphones on the front, you can give commands to the Google Assistant to switch on or off any light or smart power socket, manage the thermostat settings, keep an eye on your house by integrating the connected cameras, or simply lock the door smart locks controlled by the Google Assistant. If you’re not always interested in speaking commands out loud, the Nest Hub gives you the liberty of changing these settings by using the 7-inch touchscreen.

The display is mounted on the full-range speaker at a slight angle, just like the Nest Hub Max but in a smaller size. There’s no camera on the Nest Hub for privacy reasons and while that may make you miss out on video calls via Google Duo, it also relieves you of the panic related to being watched constantly. You can, however, make audio calls using the Nest Hub. Talking privacy, you can mute the mic using a dedicated switch at the back.

In India, the utility of this compact voice-controlled display as an entertainment device trumps the smart home solution simply for the fact that the market for the latter is relatively nascent in India. The Google Nest Hub can be used as a display to play results from video services like YouTube, Netflix, Hotstar as well as music streaming services like Spotify, YouTube Music, Gaana, JioSaavn etc. Using the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet, media from these apps can also be cast to the Nest Hub.

Additionally, with the Google Nest Hub, you can set daily routines in which it can tell you about your commute to work, your appointments, and other commitments entered in the calendar. At home, it can help you with guided step-by-step cooking recipes. When not in use, the Nest Hub can be used as a smart photo frame, which can display your best memories from your Google Photos or a curated set of wallpapers. In dim light, the ambient sensor automatically shifts to a low-brightness digital clock, making it suitable for your nightstand.

The Google Nest Hub will be available in India starting today at a price of ₹9,999 and you can purchase it either via Flipkart or Google’s online store in India. As an introductory offer, those who purchase the smart display via Flipkart will get a Mi Basic 1080p camera for only ₹1. Meanwhile, the Nest Hub can also be bought offline from popular retail chains like Croma and Reliance Digital.

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