More than two years after the introduction of the Nest Hub, Google’s first assistant with an integrated display, Google introduced the Nest Hub (2nd generation). The new version costs one hundred euros and is therefore ten euros more than its predecessor. Externally, the two models look like two drops of water to each other, but thanks to a Soli radar, the new Nest Hub can now also be controlled remotely with hand gestures and the device offers a sleep analysis by sleep detection. It’s time to find out how well the device does this and if you should want Google in your bedroom.
Let’s start from the beginning. The new Nest Hub, like its predecessor, which was introduced as the Google Home Hub in 2018, consists of a 7-inch display mounted on an oval base with perforated speaker fabric on all sides. Google Nest Mini and Nest Audio smart speakers. the frame around the screen houses two microphones, a light sensor, an LED and a new Soli radar sensor. On the back of the screen is a physical slider to mute the microphones, as well as a volume button. The Nest Hub (2nd gen), just like its predecessor and unlike the larger Nest Hub Max, it does not have a built-in camera. Use an indoor camera.
A better speaker has been built into the base of the new model and a third microphone is also provided, with which the Nest Hub should capture voice commands even better than its predecessor. The new integrated system Wireradio for the energy-efficient mesh network protocol for home automation of the same name. At the moment, very few devices support Thread. However, since Project Home over IP, in which Google participates, also uses Thread, the idea is that the Nest Hub will eventually be able to communicate directly with other smart home devices that don’t use Wi-Fi.
The screen is again of the IPS LCD type with a relatively low resolution of 1024×600 pixels. In fact, the only detail that tells us we have the “2nd generation” of the Nest Hub in our hands is the bezel around the screen. The glass plate in front of the screen is no longer surrounded by a plastic edge, but extends seamlessly to the side and therefore no longer rests in the case, but above it. A subtle change that may have been caused by the fact that dirt could collect in the small gap between the glass plate and the case of the first Nest Hub.