Smart display enthusiasts in India now have more options to choose from. After Amazon’s Echo Show 5, now Google has launched its smart display called Nest Hub in India. It will be available in chalk and Charcoal colour options at Flipkart, Croma, Reliance and Tata Cliq stores at ₹9,999.
Part of the Made by Google portfolio that includes the Pixel smartphones, Google Home speakers and Chromecast, the smart display runs on Google Assistant and can be operated using voice commands or through touch input on 7-inch screen. The display is slightly tilted and is fixed into base that keeps it propped up all the time. It doesn’t allow users to adjust the angle of the screen.
The Nest Hub’s screen can be used like a large screen tablet to access Google Search, Maps, Photos, Calendars; check weather, news and carry out video calls. Users can run a slideshow of photos as a digital frame when the device is not in use.
What sets the Nets Hub apart from a regular tablet is that it has a single dashboard called Home View which can be used a smart hub to control a bevy of connected devices such as speakers, TVs, air purifiers, switches, ACs, smart fans and smart speakers. Google claims, it supports connected devices from over 300 brands worldwide. In India, it will work with all IOT devices by LG, Xiaomi, Syska, Philips and Oakter.
Users can also can broadcast voice messages on Google Home speakers anywhere in the house. Amazon’s Echo Show 5, priced at ₹8,999, also has the option where users can broadcast messages on all Echo devices at home. It has Amazon’s personal Assistant Alexa that also works through voice commands. The option to access the app directly via the touchscreen is also there. However, compared to Nest Bug, the Echo Show 5 has much smaller 5.5-inch screen. The higher variant of Echo Show costs ₹22,999 and has larger 10.1-inch screen.