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We have been writing about Google's experimental Fuchsia operating system for nearly five years now, and it has finally made an official debut of sorts. While still experimental in the sense that is not yet being pushed out to consumer devices on a large scale, it is being tested on commercial devices in the wild, and specifically Google's Nest Hub. Built from the ground up, Google's Fuchsia OS is, in Google's words, "designed to prioritize security, updatability, and performance." Google has also called it a "long-term project to create an open source operating system" that is not Linux, unlike Android and Chrome OS. Instead, it is built on new kernel Google developed called Zircon (previously... Read more...
Last year, Google updated its smart displays with several new features that made them even more helpful. Now the company has unveiled the second generation of its Nest Hub, which is available for preorder and will release to the world on March 30th. The first major feature of the new Nest Hub is geared towards helping people get a better night’s sleep. With last year's software update, Google introduced a “Sunrise Alarm” that gradually increased the display’s brightness to wake the owner along with some relaxation modes for the evening. Now, Google has implemented sleep sensing technology using Soli low-energy radar to analyze how the person nearest the Hub is sleeping.... Read more...
This is the best time of the year to be in the market for a consumer electronic device, and that is especially true of smart devices. Just head over to Best Buy, for example, and you can score some big discounts on Google's Nest products, and specifically the Nest Hub 7 (shown above) and a two-pack of Nest Audio smart speakers. The Nest Hub 7 is on sale for $49.99 at Best Buy (down from $89.99), and is a great gift idea. At its core, the Nest Hub 7 is a digital picture frame with a 7-inch display, but that is also selling it way short. Its capabilities extend beyond just flipping through digital photos—it can play videos from services like YouTube and HBO Max, stream music, and serve as... Read more...
Most smart device users are accustomed to needing to activate their smart assistant through a “wake” word. How would users feel if this inconvenience could be eliminated? Google is reportedly working on allowing users to merely approach their Nest Hub to activate the device. The feature is codenamed “Blue Steel” and appears under “Dogfood Features” in the Nest Hub Max settings. It is unclear how exactly Blue Steel functions, but some have argued that it takes advantage of the Google Nest Hub’s ultrasound sensing technology. This technology uses ultrasonic pulses to sense activity. Others theorize that Blue Steel is utilizing the Nest Hub’s camera... Read more...
Nest has announced that it's rolling out new multi-room audio controls. The company says that users can already manually group devices in order to play the same music on various speakers at the same time. The new multi-room control allows users to dynamically group multiple cast-enabled Devices such as speakers, smart displays, and Chromecasts in real-time to fill multiple rooms with music or podcasts. The multi-room control works with all of the user's favorite audio apps, including YouTube Music, Pandora, and Spotify. Users can add or remove devices throughout the home when more than one Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker or Smart Display is available by tapping the icon in the bottom left... Read more...
When it comes to the smart speaker market in the United States, there's Amazon, Google... and everyone else. Amazon kicked off the festivities with the original Echo, and Google followed up with the Home. Now, both companies have multiple display-equipped smart speakers, including Google's Nest Hub. Today, Best Buy is bringing back a very popular deal from the Christmas 2019 shopping season that will get you two Nest Hubs for just $99.99. The retailer typically sells the smart speakers for $99.99, so this represents a hefty discount, and the two for $99.99 offer extends to both the Charcoal and Chalk colors of the Nest Hub: Google Nest Hub with Google Assistant Chalk (2-pack): $99.99... Read more...
It's been a rough couple months for makers of IP security cameras as no one seems to be able to keep user data secure. The latest issue that has sprung up involves Xiaomi cameras that are linked to a Google account. An owner has posted to Reddit that his Xiaomi Mijia camera and Nest Hub setup is receiving still images from the homes of random people.  Images that the user claims to have found, and has offered photographic evidence of (seen here), includes a sleeping man in a room and an infant sleeping in their bed. The Reddit user goes by /r/Dio-V and says that the camera in use is a Xiaomi Mijia 1080p Smart IP Security Camera that is linked to a Google account to use with Google/Nest through... Read more...
For those that are deeply invested in the Google ecosystem -- and that is a lot of people given that Android is the most popular operating system on the planet -- there's an excellent new deal to be had on the Google Nest Hub. Google introduced the Nest Hub (really just a rebranded Google Home Hub) back in October 2018, and it usually retails for $129.99. However, Best Buy is currently offering the Nest Hub for $79.99, which represents a $50 savings off the regular price. The retailer is also going one step further with a promotion that allows you to get two Nest Hubs for just $99.99. All you have to do is add two Nest Hubs to your cart -- you can select from either charcoal or... Read more...