The lack thereof shouldn’t pose problems, especially since people likely have other devices with cameras within an arm’s reach. Plus, making an intelligent device without a camera differentiates Google from rivals, including Amazon, which offers the Echo Show with a screen, and Facebook, which recently announced its Portal devices with screens that help people communicate on the social network.

A couple of years ago, Microsoft also publicized intentions to make a home hub, but they were never realized, leaving a space in the market for the Google Home Hub to fill.

Not having a camera makes the device advantageous to people who like the idea of smart devices but worry the tech might watch them and tell companies about preferences, letting those entities market to them in ultra-personalized ways.

The Google Home Hub Is Extremely Portable

Today’s best-selling smart home devices fit seamlessly into people’s lives without making those individuals figure out where to put them. The Google Home Hub follows that trend. People wondering how the device stacks up to Amazon’s Echo Show should know that the Google Home Hub has a smaller screen than Amazon’s product, but it’s also lighter, with dimension information noting it weighs just over a pound.

The streamlined size makes the Google Home Hub an ideal option for people who live in small spaces. It’s also perfect for people who envision using the device in various rooms depending on needs.

It’s Not Like Google’s Third-Party Smart Display Platforms

Before announcing its Home Hub, Google made its smart display platform available to third parties. People who are familiar with those may initially think the Google Home Hub uses the same technology since it appears identical on the outside. Internally, though, there are significant differences. Analysts say the decision Google made to avail of a different platform is a cost-cutting move.

But the reasonable price doesn’t mean the Google Home Hub sacrifices quality. People who have seen it have remarked on how it’s an appealing and feature-rich option for the cost.

It Caters to Media Lovers

The screen on the Google Home Hub means people can watch their favorite YouTube clips. When they want to stream tunes instead, they can use Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio and more. Plus, because the base doubles as a speaker, the Google Home Hub is ideal for people who want a gadget they can use for streaming and placing on a coffee table.

Will the Google Home Hub Succeed in the Smart Tech Market?

Around the same time Google started spreading the word about its Home Hub, Amazon announced the newest version of its Echo Show. That device is more expensive than what Google offers, plus has the dimensional differences mentioned earlier.

Once the Google Home Hub starts arriving in people’s homes and those owners put them to the test, it’ll be easier to determine whether the device has staying power in a competitive market. In any case, early reports suggest that the gadget offers an assortment of enticing capabilities for tech lovers and the less technically inclined alike.

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