While there has been a lot of speculation over Googleâ€™s Pixel range smartphones that likely to be launched in October, there is now information doing the rounds about another device from Google -the Hub. The nomenclature for the device has now been altered to Google Nest Hub and this device is reportedly being launched in the Indian market.
Google used to call it the Google Home Hub earlier. The product will directly take on the Amazon Echo Show 5, the Alexa supported home speaker system. Amazon has been aggressively promoting its product in India for some time.
The main specs now shared through these leaks are the Google Nest Hub will have a 5.5-inch display with a 1-megapixel camera and a 1.65-inch speaker.
Google Assistant, the AI based voice assistant will drive the devices. If the Home speakers where just playing music in the audio format these Hubs can display videos for which Google is pre-loading them with YouTube and other apps.
The Google Nest Hub will be sold initially in 12 markets, including India. The pricing, according to this report, throws up an interesting scenario. Google is expected to sell the Google Nest Hub here at Rs 8,999 while it is priced around Rs 300 higher in the US market. It could probably be to match the price of the Amazon Echo Show 5, which is also sold at Rs 8,999.
This report on the Google Nest Hub indicates there will be another variant, the Google Nest Hub Max also included in the launch mix, though not for the Indian market at present. The Google Nest Hub Max is limited to the US, the UK and Australian markets.