Google Home Hub hands-on

  • Published on Oct 9, 2018
  • Google has announced its Google Assistant-powered Home Hub. We spent some time with it, and it’s much smaller than you would expect from the 7-inch display size. It looks like nothing more than a tiny floating tablet on a cloth-covered stand. That display has something called Ambient EQ, which automatically adjusts to the light in the room to look more natural.
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Comments • 217

  • MemeProductions
    MemeProductions 3 months ago

    It’s a google tablet

  • Isaiah Joseph
    Isaiah Joseph 4 months ago

    Why do they put it in the fridge tho ?

  • Rossco San
    Rossco San 5 months ago

    Saw it yesterday for the first time... It’s way too small. Google need to bring out a 10 inch model.

  • MrDucxy
    MrDucxy 5 months ago

    THey should add a camera, but make it a rotating one. So when you are not using it, you can flip it around in case it gets hacked

  • FebriyanWP
    FebriyanWP 5 months ago

    Do this only support for Nest stuff? For doorbells, cameras, thermostats etc, no other brands?

  • James M
    James M 6 months ago

    This thing feels so ghetto compared to other home hubs.

  • Yohan Lobo
    Yohan Lobo 7 months ago

    This is Google's next step of building a fantastic & reliable ecosystem

  • Alucard Taylor
    Alucard Taylor 7 months ago

    The no camera was a cop out to save on BOM costs. Google also uses a cheaper slower SoC than Lenovo, JBL and other smart displays

  • Oliver White
    Oliver White 7 months ago


  • cody roberts
    cody roberts 7 months ago

    This was a pretty horrible review. It was like a freshman year speech class on presentation day....

  • Fred R.
    Fred R. 7 months ago

    Seriously, what was the difficulty to drop an app for that?

  • David Lopez
    David Lopez 7 months ago

    Unless you live in Canada for no reason

  • Justin's Garage
    Justin's Garage 7 months ago

    Wish Alexa could do all that...

  • mike williams
    mike williams 7 months ago

    Cool picture of squares in the background, where did you get it from?

  • Iftekar Ahmed
    Iftekar Ahmed 7 months ago

    As a courtesy to Google Home owners who are at home and watching these reviews- how about muting/blanking when you say " hey google" ?

  • Kendall L
    Kendall L 7 months ago

    Where do you get the blue one? Thats not one of the colors google offers, but i really like the blue!

  • Lord Ba'al
    Lord Ba'al 7 months ago

    So it's just a tablet, that only brings all smart home features into 1 interface. They could have put that into an app, and release it in the store.

  • Eli Cohen
    Eli Cohen 7 months ago

    Chumby-like devices making a comeback....

  • JohnnyGification
    JohnnyGification 7 months ago

    Half the time I'm not understanding what he's saying. The cameras way out of focus and can't even tell what he's talking about. He's actually almost in front of the Google home hub. Zoom into the Google hub for Christ sakes.

  • Ca Jo
    Ca Jo 7 months ago

    This a zwave hub or no?

  • TheMusketITuckedIt
    TheMusketITuckedIt 7 months ago

    My God technology is so boring these days.

  • Alex Thorn
    Alex Thorn 7 months ago

    I'm waiting for them to add a video caller to something like this to video chat with older family members. Like the Facebook portal and echo show... But I trust Google more than Amazon and Facebook. So that's what I'm waiting for

  • maxtheknife
    maxtheknife 7 months ago

    7" is way too small. I have a beautiful Lenevo 10" and the JBL 8" displays. 8" is super small for me so i am going to skip this 7" one. Kinda bummed google is only offerring the one size.

  • Dixie Normous
    Dixie Normous 7 months ago

    Worst reviewer ever. The kiwi-e-mart wants you back!!😆😆

  • Golden State Warriors fan since 2015

    Too small

  • Tech With Brett
    Tech With Brett 7 months ago +1

    What color should I get?

  • Jerry James
    Jerry James 7 months ago

    Time to take this channel to 4K guys, I believe in you!

  • Todd Thayer
    Todd Thayer 7 months ago

    Dieter makes better videos!

  • Darin Walker
    Darin Walker 7 months ago

    100 different angles of the product better nothing of the screen displaying things. Who the hell quality checked this before publishing.

  • Louise Martin
    Louise Martin 7 months ago

    I can already do almost all of this on my phone & tablet already really don’t see the point

  • Socheath chhim
    Socheath chhim 7 months ago

    Nest hello and the ability answer and not just view is a plus. Wish it had the drop in function like show than it would be a perfect replacement. Since it is google, i bet they will have youtube support also, the missing ingredient in the other competitor.

  • Billy Coker
    Billy Coker 7 months ago

    “New Google HomePod”

  • D C
    D C 7 months ago

    I missed the price because the presenter wasn’t speaking clearly enough. He has to learn to slow down his delivery and enunciate his words with greater clarity.

  • Mathieu Constant
    Mathieu Constant 7 months ago

    Biggest job of the year.
    Prove me wrong.

  • cjxgraphics
    cjxgraphics 7 months ago +2

    I don't get it. It's like having a tablet, running Google Home/Assistant, with a screensaver.
    Minus the ability to run Android apps. I just don't see the point.
    Am I missing something?

    • stan_sprinkle
      stan_sprinkle 4 months ago

      I got one for free, which is probably why I like it, but it's a pretty fun device to have on my kitchen counter next to our dining table. In the kitchen, you can tell it to set multiple timers. It's good at recipes... you can ask it for a recipe, tell it to show you the ingredient list, tell it to show you the next step in the instructions, all without touching the screen if your hands are messy. It's also pretty cool just as a photo frame. I'd say it's a cool one to have if you can get it for less than $100. I wouldn't pay full price for it, though.

  • Jason Hope
    Jason Hope 7 months ago


  • Driving Enthusiast
    Driving Enthusiast 7 months ago

    Deciding to not put a camera on it alone made this a buy for me... I liked amazon products but the cameras scared the heck out of me but this is great

  • Alexander Dockham
    Alexander Dockham 7 months ago

    ...can you guys please do the few seconds of editing it would take to not trigger every Google home of every person watching... Please

  • Carlos Pacheco
    Carlos Pacheco 7 months ago

    Why is it in a fridge at 1:41?

  • Andy Drew
    Andy Drew 7 months ago

    And people bash Apple all the time.... We will forget about this device in 2 months

  • Domenick B
    Domenick B 7 months ago

    Google home pod?

  • Kieran Mullen
    Kieran Mullen 7 months ago

    Amazon garbage just wants to sell you more garbage

  • Joshua Schanen
    Joshua Schanen 7 months ago +3

    It works with TVclip TV

  • John Murphy
    John Murphy 7 months ago

    I seriously don't get how tech reviewers still haven't figured out they should silence the trigger words for smart devices.

  • oo0Spyder0oo
    oo0Spyder0oo 7 months ago

    no camera now so they can make people upgrade to the one it comes out on next no doubt.

  • Easton Stelter
    Easton Stelter 7 months ago

    Looks kind of ugly; I wish it had smaller bezels and rounded corners

  • Blaze And Co.
    Blaze And Co. 7 months ago

    Wait so they didn’t put a camera on it because they normally spy on you?

  • Master Xehanort
    Master Xehanort 7 months ago

    Do i need to screw in with confidence?

  • You2Nosey
    You2Nosey 7 months ago

    Why would I want this when I have a iPad Pro?

  • Lord
    Lord 7 months ago

    No notch?

  • Rory Morris
    Rory Morris 7 months ago

    If you get this... you are contributing to the the demise of human culture and enabling a corporation to ultimately control your entire life..

  • Famalama dingdong
    Famalama dingdong 7 months ago

    i bet this wont last three generations before being abandoned

  • j606ywt
    j606ywt 7 months ago

    Its basically a phone that sits on the table.

  • 譚振輝
    譚振輝 7 months ago

    It is so much smaller than I excepted

  • bmwlover56
    bmwlover56 7 months ago

    Do I need to purchase the Philips HUB to use with lights or is the hub built in like the more expensive Echo?

  • Anthony ward
    Anthony ward 7 months ago +28

    Need to find a better person to review these products. Very painful to watch

    • stan_sprinkle
      stan_sprinkle 4 months ago

      really? How so?

    • Lord Ba'al
      Lord Ba'al 5 months ago +1

      +Anthony No he doesn't.

    • Anthony
      Anthony 5 months ago

      He talk too fast.

    • Lord Ba'al
      Lord Ba'al 7 months ago +3

      Why was it painful to watch. He just got to the point of what it does, unlike other people.

  • Andrew Yee
    Andrew Yee 7 months ago +7

    So I assume all the lights were broken in that apartment! And no zooming in to see what the screen shows clearer??

    • Tech With Brett
      Tech With Brett 7 months ago

      It was pretty rough lighting in there but I was able to get some good shots of the Home Hub!

  • k m
    k m 7 months ago

    Its 7 inch dude..of course its small

  • Brian Lloyd
    Brian Lloyd 7 months ago

    If you have Google assistant in your phone then it's completely pointless to buy this device

  • Electrics Nut
    Electrics Nut 7 months ago

    Hopefully it comes with a philips head screwdriver!

  • Zil
    Zil 7 months ago

    The design looks outdated same goes for the pixel notch!

  • marcus raiti
    marcus raiti 7 months ago

    So it’s google home but you don’t need to say anything

  • Adrian Ruiz
    Adrian Ruiz 7 months ago +2

    I dig google's direction. And Imight split my preferences eventually but the home hub should had have a better approach than just a screen with fabrics...looking forward to just look a fabric with better interaction than seeing phone screens everywhere at home

  • Kyoumi masu
    Kyoumi masu 7 months ago

    I waaaaant

  • Robin Hugli
    Robin Hugli 7 months ago

    Do we have info about screen resolution?

  • Graham DIY
    Graham DIY 7 months ago +1

    What a truly TERRIBLE review! Absolutely pointless!!
    How about you show us the screen when you use it?
    Waste of my time.

  • ahp hodg
    ahp hodg 7 months ago

    I dont get why they didnt think of adding a small battery in case the power cuts off and you have an alarm set.

    • cjxgraphics
      cjxgraphics 7 months ago

      I have the Google Home. If the wifi goes out for any reason, your alarms won't work. Seems like some serious oversights by Google.

  • HyperNova
    HyperNova 7 months ago

    They could have easily added a camera and just had some type of built in cover for privacy.

  • Yinyi Wang
    Yinyi Wang 7 months ago

    I just buy an iPad with a stand

  • Aliana Wood
    Aliana Wood 7 months ago +2

    I didn't watch the video to see some guy tap on a tiny screen that I can't see. Zoom in on the product so we can actually see the screen.

  • Kaleb Coleman
    Kaleb Coleman 7 months ago

    Slow down and breathe

  • Max Beech
    Max Beech 7 months ago

    Audio quality?

  • scstraus
    scstraus 7 months ago +1

    Pity I can't see a goddamn thing here.

  • Android is #1
    Android is #1 7 months ago

    I wanna date Loren Grush from The Verge.

  • David Williams
    David Williams 7 months ago

    Mute yourself when saying "hey Google" please!

  • brooklyn560
    brooklyn560 7 months ago

    Will that door bell feature work with ring?

    • Tech With Brett
      Tech With Brett 7 months ago

      Ring cameras do not have Google Assistant support.

  • Griffin F
    Griffin F 7 months ago

    The verge defends racism

  • Jeevan Batla
    Jeevan Batla 7 months ago

    Is it gonna be launching in India anytime soon?

  • Clive
    Clive 7 months ago

    Can you sideload Kodi? It's no wonder obesity is rife if people won't get off their arse to switch a light on.

  • MrAlkaline
    MrAlkaline 7 months ago

    Next on the Verge:
    Building a google home,
    Make sure to use your plyers and your anti static band

    LIZARD CHEEKS 7 months ago

    Does this work with ring?

  • ruzzell907
    ruzzell907 7 months ago +2

    Priced right. Finally has a display. Looks great.

  • Troy Edwards
    Troy Edwards 7 months ago +2

    "look at this cool pull down menu" then doesn't zoom in... Seriously?!

  • Jerry Pena
    Jerry Pena 7 months ago

    Why not zoom in or get closer to the product. Why do we need to see him?

  • john pardon
    john pardon 7 months ago

    no camera is great. and complete microphone off mode too? dope.

  • Matt Ward
    Matt Ward 7 months ago

    stupid decision not to put a camera in it. privacy could have been solved with a manual shutter

  • Benjamin LEUNG [09S2]
    Benjamin LEUNG [09S2] 7 months ago

    at least the verge thought this whole tech video through

  • Greg
    Greg 7 months ago

    So its basicly an tablet.

  • Даниил Кириллов

    Cmon guys, whats wrong with quality? Buy a descent camera, please. And 4k!

  • jangam naveen
    jangam naveen 7 months ago

    What is the price of the hub

  • matsta177
    matsta177 7 months ago

    Ehhhhh Alexa is better

    • TM Siddiqui
      TM Siddiqui 7 months ago

      Can you do a Google search on Alexa? No.

  • Paul Swabey
    Paul Swabey 7 months ago

    Haha! My Bedroom TV wasn't on when you asked it to play that video!

  • Dallas Dal
    Dallas Dal 7 months ago

    Can you change the wake word so your Android Phone or other Google Home assistant device won't respond and drive you nuts when they are all talking at the same time?

  • Vince W
    Vince W 7 months ago

    A google home with screen? I'd rather do it on my phone

  • Photon
    Photon 7 months ago

    7 inches is considered small?!

  • Mario
    Mario 7 months ago

    They sure went out of their way to make the cord stand out less by placing it next to that flower pot.

  • Stephen Phillips
    Stephen Phillips 7 months ago

    Is the speaker system as good as the Echo Show?

  • Daniel Piechowski
    Daniel Piechowski 7 months ago +2

    I kinda want this just as a second monitor to watch youtube on while I'm playing something fullscreen on my main.

    • lcrazy8l
      lcrazy8l 7 months ago

      Same, I've mostly done this with spare cheap old laptops on the side. For a while android tablets but the batteries always crapped out on those so ended up back on salvage laptops.

  • E L
    E L 7 months ago +1

    I want to video call and conference video call, please add a camera back to it. DO NOT CUT COST !!! No excuse !!!!

  • KlaUDiO Yoshi
    KlaUDiO Yoshi 7 months ago

    seems like a great product for the price... my only concern is; is it worth getting one even though i already have a google home speaker??