Everything without touching
This virtual snooze button is made possible by the same technology that is also intended to analyze the user’s sleep: Project Soli. Basically, this is a miniature radar that Google had already built into the Pixel 4 smartphone, for example, to enable contactless gesture control. Here it is used to show the display with a simple hand movement that you just want to doze off for a few minutes. Just a few.
Well then good night
The Nest Hub is also designed to help you fall asleep. On the one hand, by dimming its screen, but above all by playing relaxing background noises on request.
Google as a kitchen helper
However, besides the sleep sensor, the most noticeable innovation on the new Nest Hub is the improved sound. The first model still sounded a lot like cardboard. It was okay for news and podcasts, but not really for music. The second version now delivers 50 percent more bass and “room-filling sound,” according to Google.
But it doesn’t have to be, because even if Google emphasizes the capabilities as a sleep sensor, the new Nest Hub, just like its predecessor, is above all a control center for smart home devices and a smart web browser that can be used to read recipes to you.
Despite the substantially enhanced sound, it cannot replace a good smart speaker in terms of sound, but it can very often replace a tablet or smartphone – at least at home. I take it as a friendly gesture that the new model is also being offered 30 euros cheaper than its predecessor. I would now like to have an audio jack to which I could connect good active speakers.
Background: Product tests in the Netzwelt department
We only test pre-release versions or devices from pre-series production in special cases. We usually wait until we can get test devices or game versions that are identical to the retail versions. In some cases we also buy products ourselves at our own expense if they are already available in stores or online.
Events to which we travel at our own expense include the Ifa, CES, E3 and Gamescom trade fairs as well as events from companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft or Nintendo. At conferences like the Chaos Communication Congress or the re: publica, like other press representatives, we usually get free press tickets because we report on the conference and are not traditional participants.