Google has just launched a new Nest Hub. This new connected speaker is distinguished by the presence of a Soli sensor, the same radar as that of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Thanks to this gesture detector, the Nest Hub is able to analyze the sleep of its owner. Unfortunately, this option will be chargeable after one year of use. The enclosure is already available for pre-order at a price of 99.99 euros.
Google has just announced a new generation of Nest Hub. Visually identical to the Nest Hub we tested, this new edition is built around a 7-inch (1024 x 768) touchscreen and speaker. Thanks to it, you will be able to interact with Google Assistant with your voice. Google claims to have improved sound rendering by increasing the bass by 50%.
Like the previous model, the connected speaker lets you listen to music on Spotify, YouTube Music and others, watch videos on the screen, or display photos like a digital photo frame. The new Nest Hub, however, brings several major new features compared to its predecessor. First of all, the craft is compatible with Thread, a protocol that allows you to create a mesh network for all the connected objects (bulbs, doorbells, sockets, etc.) in your home automation system. Then, Google integrates a new chip intended to improve the responsiveness of the Google Assistant. The same component is found within the Nest Mini.
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The Nest Hub offers a paid 12-month sleep tracker
Above all, the new Nest Hub features the Soli gesture detector found on the Pixel 4. Absent from the following Pixels, the radar is making a comeback on the connected speaker. It is therefore possible to control the speaker (start or stop content while playing) gesturing with your hands. It is no longer essential to summon the Google Assistant for each request.
This Soli sensor allows the Nest Hub to analyze the quality of your sleep. Set near your bed, on a nightstand or dresser, the Nest Hub can use Motion Sense to keep tabs on your sleep. By analyzing your body movements and breathing during the night, the smart speaker can take a detailed record of your sleep quality.
According to Google, the Soli sensor is able to identify disruptive events that affect your sleep, such as a snore, cough, or a rail of light filtering through the curtains. The Mountain View firm ensures that all this data is stored and processed locally. No information is sent to remote servers. However, Google allows you to manually delete some recordings in order to reassure users. Note also that the Nest Hub does not ship any camera, Google probably wishing to prevent users from feeling spied on in their bedroom.
When you wake up, the Nest Hub will offer a brief summary of your night in the Google Fit app, like the applications that accompany connected bracelets with a sleep monitoring system. This summary will show your complete sleep time and the disturbances recorded. The Soli sensor can only analyze sleep one person at a time. Obviously, sleep analysis is optional. Google invites the user to activate this option via the screen interface. When the Soli detector is operating, an indicator is displayed on the screen.
Warning, this sleep tracking feature is chargeable. To attract users, Google will nevertheless offer a free trial year. For now, the Mountain View giant has not disclosed the price of this monthly subscription. We imagine that this rather unexpected approach may put off some users and we regret that the flagship novelty of this second generation is offered by subscription.
Released on March 30, 2021 in France for € 99.99
The speaker joins Nest Mini and the Nest Hub Max, which we tested, in Google’s smart speaker catalog. The new Nest Hub will be released from March 30, 2021 in France at a price of 99.99 euros. The connected speaker is already available for pre-order from Fnac, Boulanger and Darty.
As always, Google offers two different colors: pebble and charcoal. What do you think of this new connected speaker from Google? We await your opinion in the comments below.