Announcing the New 2nd-Generation Google Nest Hub


Google has just announced the launch of the 2nd-generation Google Nest Hub 2, the newest in its Nest Hub series. Like the original Nest Hub, it has Wi-Fi and the Google Assistant built in, along with a 7" touchscreen for simple control of your compatible smart home devices. Onboard Bluetooth connectivity lets you stream music, audiobooks, podcasts, and more from your smartphone or tablet.

Like most smart speakers and displays, the onboard voice assistant is the primary feature. Powered by the Google Assistant, the Nest Hub 2—available in charcoal, chalk, mist, and sand finish options—connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network and integrates with your other Google Assistant-compatible devices for full smart home control. With a three-microphone array (which can be muted via a switch for privacy), the Nest Hub 2 will hear your requests from across the room and show you your front door camera, pause your YouTube stream, turn on upstairs lights, close the garage door, and more, with compatible equipment.

Like the Nest Hub Max, the 2nd-generation Nest Hub 2 has an ambient EQ light and color sensor designed to can adjust the display’s brightness to match your room’s lighting and décor, enabling it to blend into its environment better and optimize the visibility of whatever is on the screen. With a 7" touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution, your streams, video calls, and apps appear clear and detailed. Watch cooking videos while you cook, view instructional videos while making household repairs, or play music to provide a soundtrack for whatever you’re doing. Built-in Bluetooth and Chromecast allow streaming from local devices rather than from Internet-based streaming services, which is particularly useful for guests who want to play from their own playlists.

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