Google Home Hub with 7-inch screen launched for $149 / £139

GE hopes to solve both points with its C by GE bulb, which happens to be the first and only Made for Google bulb.

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Whenever you say "Hey Google, good morning" to Google Home Hub, it will immediately serve up a personalised, visual overview of your family's activities from Google Calendar, your commute from Google Maps, your latest reminders, the weather forecast, etc, according to Google.

Additionally, Google has brought a tighter integration with Google Photos into the mix.

At the Google hardware event yesterday, the company officially launched the Google Home Hub.

What I don't believe they'll get is the new Live Albums which merges Google's smart search with Google Photos. I was downright surprised at how small Google's hub is: You can literally hold it in one hand. However, it did include Ambient EQ light sensor, which allows the screen to automatically adjust to match the lighting in the room. From a hardware standpoint, this is still just a Google Home speaker with a screen, not that different from Lenovo and JBL's first swing at the segment. And, when it's time for bed, it'll dim the screen. "It also generates quick actions for important features across your home with immediate access to key experiences like turning on and off smart lights, viewing your cameras, and broadcasting messages to your other Google Home devices, Google notes on its blog". There is also an option available to broadcast a message or check your cameras (like through Nest Hello) or turn up the volume on the TV, and so on.

This leaves the Google Home Hub as a cheaper alternative to the Portal ($199-plus) or the Echo Show ($230), and something the company thinks customers will feel more comfortable placing all around their homes. When you consider the cost and convenience, these C by GE bulbs easily beat out much of the competition. I was told that at this time, the focus is simply YouTube Premium. The display is backed by a "crystal clear speaker" and the attractive design with fabric base and rounded corner display is available in Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua and Sand finishes. And that's exactly what the Google Home Hub is all about.

Pre-orders are open now.

Even when paying up for expedited shipping, the absolute earliest delivery from the Google Store is now only guaranteed by Tuesday, October 23.