Google Nest Hub Review. If you happen to own a Google smart display, there are chances that it is the first-generation Nest Hub.
There have also been others like the Lenovo Smart Display that is being powered by Google Assistant. Or even the pricey, camera-equipped Nest Hub Max.
There are so many things you would definitely love about the 2nd Generation Google Nest Hub especially the new feature, which is the “Sleep Sensing”.
Sleep Sensing is the latest feature on the second generation Google Nest Hub, not the whole story though, there are still more.
Also, the latest Google Nest Hub is 30 percent less-priced than the original. Having 50 percent more bass, new color options as well as a more eco-friendly design.
The latest and upgraded smart display of Google is definitely the best bet for so many smart homes.
Google Nest Hub Sleep Sensing
The biggest feature now of the second generation Nest Hub is the Sleep Sensing feature. The Sleep Sensing feature makes use of Soli, Google’s miniature radar technology.
To easily detect submillimeter movements of whosoever is sleeping nearest to the display.
While setting it up, a virtual guide shows or tells you where you should place and aim the display and also asks you to return to your normal sleeping positions for some seconds of calibration.
Once you do that, you are now good to go!
When it senses that someone is actually in bed, a small icon pops up on the top right side of the display. And when the display starts tracking sleep, a larger banner notification appears.
Respiratory Wellness Feature
The second-generation Google Nest Hub offers also a Respiratory Wellness feature that records how often the display heard someone snoring or coughing during the night.
And also your respiratory rates. Which is the total amount of breaths you take per minute during sleep.
Even if Google had a partnership with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to create a catalog of tips and recommendations.
The second-generation Google Nest Hub does not claim to pinpoint or diagnose any specific health issue. And it is not certified health or medical device.
Google’s disclaimer on the app and product site reads thus:
“Sleep Sensing is not intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, prevent or treat any disease or condition. Consult your healthcare professional for questions about your health.”
The Motion Sense with Soli is not just onboard to power the Sleep Sensing feature. The mini radar also allows gesture control for streaming media.
You can click the air in front of the device to pause or play the content. You can as well make use of an air tap to silence an alarm, stop Google Assistant’s chatter, or close a timer.
Privacy and sleep data
You might be wondering what exactly Google gather since there’s no camera. Google isn’t recording any of your facial images or movements since it has no camera on it.
Though there are microphones, temperature sensors, and light sensors involved, however, you can still adjust what Google records and store aftermath.
In all, the Sleep Sensing feature is totally optional. You can decide to disable it completely from the device settings menu if you do not need it.
You can as well disable Quick Gestures. Quick Gestures are another feature of the Google Nest Hub that uses motion sensing. So you can just easily click the air in front of the display to either play or pause the media.
Google Nest hub Price
The Google device is priced at $100 and it is available in four colors which are charcoal, chalk, sand, and mist.
Weight: 19.7 ounces
Dimensions: 4.7 x 7.0 x 2.7 inches
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, Chromecast built-in, Wi-Fi
Display: 7-inch touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution
Drivers: 1.7-inch full-range driver
Voice assistants: Google Assistant
Sensors: Ambient light, motion, and temperature
Microphones: Three far-field microphones
Google Nest Hub Sound quality
The second-generation Google Nest Hub isn’t really the smart speaker to get if you are watching out for sound.
Though, it is good for a small display no doubt. However, you might not want to use it for music because of the poor sound.