Google has launched its Home products under the Nest brand. It’s a natural next step since our products work together to help you stay informed, feel more comfortable and safe, keep an eye on home when you’re away, and connect to friends and family. Now we’re taking our first step on a journey to create a more helpful home.
We’re introducing Nest Hub Max, the first product from our newly-formed team. Nest Hub Max has all the things you love about Nest Hub (formerly Google Home Hub). It has a digital photo frame powered by Google Photos and the home view dashboard, which gives you full control of your connected device. With our new display, you’ll get a bigger 10-inch HD screen and a smart camera that helps you keep an eye on your home and keep in touch with family and friends. Nest Hub Max is specifically designed for those shared places in the home where your family and friends gather.
The new kitchen TV
The big screen makes Nest Hub Max the kitchen TV you’ve always wanted. With a subscription, Hub Max can stream your favorite live shows and sports on YouTube TV. Tell it what you want to watch, or if you need help deciding, just ask the Assistant. But unlike your kitchen TV, it can also teach you how to cook, play your music, and see who’s at the front door. And you’re getting full stereo sound, with a powerful rear-facing woofer.
Nest Hub Max has a Nest Cam to help you keep an eye on things at home: you can turn it on when you’re away and check on things right from the Nest App on your phone. Just like with your Nest Cam, it’s easy to see your event history, enable Home/Away Assist and get a notification if the camera detects motion, or doesn’t recognize someone in your home.
The camera on Hub Max also helps you stay connected to your family and friends, and video calling is easy with Google Duo. The camera has a wide-angle lens, and it automatically adjusts to keep you centered in the frame. You can chat with loved ones on any iOS or Android device, or on a web browser. You can also use Duo to leave video messages for other members of your household.
And now when the volume’s up, instead of yelling to turn it down or pause the game, you can use Quick Gestures. Just look at the device and raise your hand, and Nest Hub Max will pause your media, thanks to the camera’s on-device gesture recognition technology.
Help just for you
Hub Max is designed to be used by multiple people in your home, and provide everyone with the help they need in a personalized way. With Nest Hub, we offered you the option to enable Voice Match, so the Assistant can recognize your voice and respond specifically to you. Today with Nest Hub Max, we’re extending your options for personalized help with a feature called Face Match. For each person in your family who chooses to turn it on, the Assistant guides you through the process of creating a face model, which is encrypted and stored on the device. Face Match’s facial recognition is processed locally with on-device machine learning, so the camera data never leaves the device.
Whenever you walk in front of the camera, Nest Hub Max recognizes you and shows just your information, not anyone else’s. So in the morning, when you walk into the kitchen, the Assistant knows to greet you with your calendar, commuting details, the weather, and other information you need to start your day. And when you get home from work, Hub Max welcomes you home with reminders and messages that have been waiting for you. The Assistant offers personalized recommendations for music and TV shows, and you can even see who left you a video message.
Per our privacy commitments, there’s a green light on the front of Hub Max that indicates when the camera is streaming, and nothing is streamed or recorded unless you explicitly enable it. In addition, you have multiple controls to disable camera features like Nest Cam, including a hardware switch that lets you physically disable the microphone and camera.
When, where, and how much
Later this summer, Nest Hub Max will be available in the U.S. for $229 on the Google Store and at Best Buy, Target, Home Depot and more. It’ll also be available in the UK for £219 and in Australia for AUS$349.
We’re also bringing Nest Hub to 12 new countries—Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain and Sweden. And Nest Hubwill now be available in the US for $129. Finally, we have updated pricing for our speakers, starting today Google Home is $99 and Google Home Max is $299.
We’re excited to make the helpful home more real for more people.
About the author
Rishi Chandra, Vice President of Product and General Manager, Google Home and Nest