The latest entry to the Google Home ecosystem is
called the Google Home Hub. The Home Hub marries
a screen with the Google Assistant-powered voice
command system, allowing users to call up recipes,
utilize smart home controls, or watch YouTube videos.
We've seen this software before—there's presently
a whole device category out there known as "Google
Smart Displays." Just like with Android, Google makes
the software, and a number of OEMs then load the
software onto their devices. Google Smart Display
devices have thus far been made by LG and JBL, and
we did a full review of the Lenovo Smart Display.
Unlike Android, Google currently has full control of the
Smart Display software no matter who manufactures
the hardware. This means every device pretty much has
the exact same UI and capabilities, aside from the usual
technology treadmill of new features exclusive to new
But with Google launching its own version of the Google Smart
Display hardware, this is definitely the unit to buy if you're in
the market. The Home Hub happens to be cheaper—just
$150—and better looking than any of the third-party devices.
Plus, it has an awesome new display feature