Even though as India awaits a Google Pixel launch, Google India is focusing on the audio division. It begins 2022 by launching the Nest Hub 2nd Generation smart display in our market. It costs ₹7,999 and is available in Chalk and Charcoal colours. The smart display will be available on Flipkart, Tata Cliq, and Reliance Digital.
As part of the launch offer, Google is bundling a Nest Mini smart speaker with Nest Hub 2nd Generation if you pay an extra Re. 1. The offer will be applicable when purchasing the speaker from Flipkart, Tata Cliq, and Reliance Digital and is valid until January 26, 2022.
The Nest Hub 2nd Gen is a notable upgrade over the 1st gen model, where Google says it has upgraded the speakers to offer 50 percent more bass and added an extra microphone for easier voice detection. In fact, Google says that the Nest Hub 2nd Gen has the same audio enhancements as the Nest Audio smart speaker.
Similar to existing Nest products, the Nest Hub 2nd Gen can play music from streaming services such as YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Gaana and JioSaavn. The Nest Hub can also play movies and videos from Netflix, and YouTube Premium.
Google says that users can even look for how-to videos on on any topic, including recipes with step-by-step instructions on the screen.
Note that the 2nd Gen Nest Hub does not get a camera and hence, it cannot make a video call. Additionally, users can turn off the microphone with a slider switch on the rear, with an orange light indicating the same.
The design largely remains unchanged from the first generation model but Google says the “new Nest Hub has a floating glass display with no visible housing plastic on the front”. Additionally, there's an ambient light sensor to adjust the brightness of the display automatically.
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