Nest Hub Max hands-on: Google’s first smart display with a camera

Nest Hub Max hands-on: Google’s first smart display with a camera


(upbeat music) – This is the Google Nest Hub Max. It is a smart home display that
also uses Google Assistant, shows your photos. Actually, if you’re familiar
with the old Google Home Hub, it’s the same thing, just
with a bigger ten inch screen and a camera for doing video calls. The Google Nest Hub Max
has a ten inch display, and it’s an HD display which
means it’s probably not ultra high resolution, but it’s HD. More importantly though,
is that it has this magical color temperature matching
thing that they did with the original Google Home Hub. So, photos look like actual photos, instead of just a TV screen
sitting on your counter. (soft relaxation music) So you look at the front of the device, you’ll see there’s a
couple of microphones. It only needs two. And then there’s the
color temperature sensor which does the magical
color temperature thing. And then of course, there is the camera. If you’re wondering, there is
a physical switch on the back. – [Device] The mic and camera are off. – Which disconnects the camera
and the microphone physically even though you don’t see a
little shutter on the front. It’s a six point five megapixel camera, but you shouldn’t care
about the megapixel count The important thing is that
it’s there for duo video chats. It has a 127 degree field of
view, which is super wide, so it’ll pick up the whole room and even though this thing is angled up, it should pick up little
children down near the counter. It does another neat trick where it will follow
you if you want it to, so it’ll try and keep faces in frame and zoom in on them just a little bit, so it looks like a nicer video chat. All of that’s kinda table
stakes for a smart speaker. We’ve seen all of that stuff before, even ones that have a display. What’s new here? I mean they’ve got a couple
of front-firing tweeters and a ‘woofer, but I wanna
go back to that camera, because that is why this
is a Google Nest product, not just another Google product, ’cause it does a bunch
of Nest-like things. One, it can become a best security camera. So you can, from your
phone, open up the Nest app and turn this thing into
a Nest security camera. So, that’s cool. But the Google Nests sort
of tie up the rebranding the whole division into Google Nest now. Means that this does a few
things that Google thinks is really forward looking
towards what ambient computing in your home is gonna look like. And one of those things is this camera can recognize your face. You set it up in the phone and then it stores your facial
recognition data locally, on the device, so it doesn’t
have to go up to the cloud. And then, when you walk
in the room it sees you, shows a little icon showing your head, and then it’s able to give
you your personal information instead of just general,
random Google information. Oh, there’s one more thing
the camera lets you do. It lets you play and pause
videos with a gesture. You just kinda hold your
hand up and it’ll pause. And then you can hold your hand up again and it will start playing again. (soft relaxing music) So the Google Nest Hub Max costs $229 and it’s coming out in July. And if you’re curious, the little guy is also getting a rename. It’s gonna become the Google Nest Hub. But the rest of the Google Hub products aren’t getting renamed. This is a new division, new tie-up inside the company, and so they’re gonna release more products under the new branding as time goes on. Anyway, we are excited
to try this thing out. It comes in both charcoal and white, even though the bezel is always white because it looks like a photo frame, and honestly, photos look great on it. Hey, thank you so much for watching. Would you buy a Google Nest Hub Max? Let me know in the comments. And also, Google I/O is happening and we have a ton of
Google I/O content coming, so keep it locked to The Verge.

100 Comments

  • The Verge

    May 7, 2019

    Do you trust Google more than Facebook?

    Reply
  • Leo Chan

    May 7, 2019

    Not for $229. I will give you $1.50 for it. Kidding…$150.

    Reply
  • ToLose Georgoudas

    May 7, 2019

    1:00 blaze it

    Reply
  • rob reynolds

    May 7, 2019

    Can't wait to use this along side my other nest cameras. The added addition of the sucurity camera makes it a great purchase.

    Reply
  • tangerinestorm

    May 7, 2019

    I would buy it if it replaced my nest thermostat as well. Would make so much sense only needs a thermometer!

    Reply
  • RonnocRetep

    May 7, 2019

    Was really hoping for some info on sound quality – Thanks Obama

    Reply
  • 9719756p

    May 7, 2019

    So why didn't they add a camera to the smaller version in the first place?

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  • shrty

    May 7, 2019

    Shut up and take my money 😍

    Reply
  • laroka24

    May 7, 2019

    Yes I love Google products

    Reply
  • bosun99uk

    May 7, 2019

    Unlike Facebook, Google is a necessity that has to be trusted

    Reply
  • Danish AKHTAR

    May 8, 2019

    That's how face unlock works!😂😁

    Reply
  • Trevor Phillips

    May 8, 2019

    It has Miz mode. When my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut.

    Reply
  • Trevor Phillips

    May 8, 2019

    I can do the same exact thing with a tablet.

    Reply
  • juan santana

    May 8, 2019

    Nooo

    Reply
  • Yhitte

    May 8, 2019

    Just imagine if someone hacked into the Google data and acquired videos of private sexual behaviour with audio and face recognition. Now he could extort thousands of people at once.

    Reply
  • Liam Yang

    May 8, 2019

    Wow.
    So much products released on May 7 2019!

    Reply
  • Enmanuel Rivera

    May 8, 2019

    Yes

    Reply
  • Real David Art

    May 8, 2019

    ‪So Google shutters “works with nest”, closes their ecosystem, puts faux privacy controls on third parties but not themselves, adds no meaningful iOS controls & no Google Wifi updates. Launching eBay… BYE BYE Google Home & Nest devices‬.

    Reply
  • Live Hard or die easy

    May 8, 2019

    Naah, I'm fine with with old style photo frames, a smart speaker and a smart phone

    Reply
  • Jacob

    May 8, 2019

    Do you think the facematch feature will come in Lenovo smart display ?

    Reply
  • Yordan Montero

    May 8, 2019

    Hello!!!, i got the old Google Home hub and Google just released the Google Nest hub, is it the same thing just a name change cause of all the brand rename thing or is a brand new product all together?, just to clarify i know the Google Nest hub Max is a new device i’m very well aware of that, talking about the old one.

    Reply
  • World Tech

    May 8, 2019

    😍

    Reply
  • JR Richards

    May 8, 2019

    Not something I would ever use.

    Reply
  • Grayson Carr

    May 8, 2019

    When you say “Turn off the lights”, does it still respond with “Sure thing, turning off seven lights in your living room”, or does Google have a short response mode? Switched to Alexa and not considering Google again until they fix that.

    Reply
  • Peter Lewis

    May 8, 2019

    Smart phones, too, yep

    Reply
  • Omar Jimenez

    May 8, 2019

    Seems solid. Price sounds fair but i would still wait for a sale

    Reply
  • Pradyumna Kulkarni

    May 8, 2019

    say bye-bye to privacy

    Reply
  • Cameron Empey

    May 8, 2019

    I like the raise your hand feature for cooking

    Reply
  • Paul Howard

    May 8, 2019

    The fact that it works as a Nest Cam is reason enough to buy it. Standard Nest cam is still around 200 bucks (overpriced) so at 229, this thing is a Google Home, a smart display, and a security camera all in one

    Reply
  • Linda Cade

    May 8, 2019

    I'm waiting until I can use it as an in house replacement for my cell (and use the cell as a "mobile device"). What I'd love to do is have several Google nest hub future-generation devices throughout my home…..kind of like the old landline extensions but with way more features.

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  • itsbiju

    May 8, 2019

    Here's hoping those features comes to the Lenovo Smart Display.

    Reply
  • Titus

    May 8, 2019

    Can you watch movies on it?

    Reply
  • Daniel Momcilovic

    May 8, 2019

    Spy machine and data collecting device right into your home.

    Reply
  • Claude Crevecoeur

    May 8, 2019

    I'll wait

    Reply
  • Reinhard Schumacher

    May 8, 2019

    Yes I will be buying a google hub with a 10 inch screen.

    Reply
  • Joko JMC

    May 8, 2019

    FBI and CIA like this device

    Reply
  • Jason Fan Club

    May 8, 2019

    this could be great for small conference rooms.

    Reply
  • Andre Crawford

    May 8, 2019

    when are google going to put its software into a robot like device like Jibo (RIP)

    Reply
  • Gary lewis

    May 8, 2019

    creepy.

    Reply
  • Katherine Elizabeth

    May 8, 2019

    I'd definitely get one of these (I have the Home Hub but the fact that this can be a security camera/Duo caller is even better). I have an apartment so I'm limited on what I can install but these can work just as good.

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  • Allen S

    May 8, 2019

    Maybe. I don’t really know. I’m disappointed that the Home Hub can’t disarm your alarm system. It should act as a second keypad, but it doesn’t. You can arm your system but having one arming feature without the disarm feature isn’t helpful.

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  • Allen S

    May 8, 2019

    And I have the Home Hub, but I didn’t buy it. Got it free at work. I wouldn’t have bought that, either.

    Reply
  • Mike Manning

    May 8, 2019

    How will video calls work between a phone and a Google Nest Max? What app do I have to have on my iPhone?

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  • Victor Dahlberg

    May 8, 2019

    Awesome! Another thing I’ll buy and never use. 😋

    Reply
  • Paramesh Subramoni

    May 8, 2019

    So it's like a inverted tablet

    Reply
  • Vishal Joishy

    May 8, 2019

    Useless product

    Reply
  • MrPod

    May 8, 2019

    "can recognize your face"… gives me the chills

    Reply
  • AI XP

    May 8, 2019

    Pisssst hey ….They care about your "PRIVACY"!!

    Reply
  • Nicholas Kathrein

    May 8, 2019

    Yes

    Reply
  • Heinrich Peter Maria Radojewski Schäfer Leverkusen

    May 8, 2019

    Just great.

    Reply
  • Mateusz Kasprzak

    May 8, 2019

    #420

    Reply
  • Shubham Gupta

    May 8, 2019

    Google should try TV ….would be an better option !

    Reply
  • Kodie Grant

    May 8, 2019

    Its cool but it doesn’t look good, 😅

    Reply
  • Riverdale Inn

    May 8, 2019

    Could I use this on my front desk at our small family Inn? We close our front desk at night and it would be cool to be able to allow our guests to contact us through some sort of product like this as oppose to having to call innkeeper.

    Reply
  • Mo A

    May 8, 2019

    Google should have gone step further with hand gestures on the Nest Hub devices, for example… if you want the volume to be up, lift your hand upwards, if you want the volume lowered the face down your hand downwards and hey presto …
    With LGThinQ hand gestures and Nest Hubs, should be a novelty thing to use and fun.. maybe next years update?

    Reply
  • Brian L

    May 9, 2019

    yeah no an always on google camera ? no thanks maybe if it had a physical cover switch that would be better

    Reply
  • Quinton Tetik

    May 9, 2019

    I want one. Not a bad price

    Reply
  • Cruise addiction's

    May 9, 2019

    can you do a video of that smart screen as a security camera in the home I want to see that an action

    Reply
  • Samuël Visser

    May 9, 2019

    How well does the hand pause gesture work? Really sceptical to hand gestures as I've never seen that work reliably on any technology

    Reply
  • Kwok Wing-hung

    May 9, 2019

    And every day we get closer to 1984

    Reply
  • James M

    May 9, 2019

    I want one! OK Google turn on my Nest cam…..I can't do that yet.

    Reply
  • EventAlone

    May 9, 2019

    No more Amazon Alexa support = No more NEST products in my home… I'm not going to buy any NEST products any more

    Reply
  • Pierce Sonnenberg

    May 10, 2019

    Get it to $160 and it's a deal.

    Reply
  • Boss Lax316

    May 12, 2019

    Quite cool but I don't think I would buy it

    Reply
  • علي اكبر

    May 12, 2019

    I would buy it for sure

    Reply
  • Luca Ban

    May 12, 2019

    What does a google home nest do though? Just a photo frame and info on missed calls and youtube?

    Reply
  • Flavio Quiroz

    May 12, 2019

    I will be very happy to get rid of my Lenovo Google Display due to the constant issues when streaming Nest cams. A problem that I don't encounter with my Google hub.

    Reply
  • Blair Benedict

    May 12, 2019

    Can't wait to get my hands on it it looks really cool

    Reply
  • Aerohk

    May 12, 2019

    Will google disable my google home or reduce its feature set to force me to upgrade?

    Reply
  • Magiktcup

    May 12, 2019

    Useless device

    Reply
  • Rakesh Radhakrishnan

    May 13, 2019

    No I won't buy. Don't understand why the camera can't have a shutter, than saying electricity disconnected. And I don't trust Google on privacy. Least of their worries 😀

    Reply
  • Stephanie Lauren

    May 14, 2019

    ok the one thing i do not like about this and i am a google home hub user and was not happy with it not being able to use duo but i still love it a lot anyways i dont like that you have to mute the mic too, why cant you just turn off the camera and still use it?? so weird, and now idk if i want it to but then again i love it a lot

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  • Shivam Tiwari

    May 14, 2019

    It's a great device.

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  • Max

    May 20, 2019

    Google Nest hub Max go well with Google Chromecast for using YouTube… 😁

    Reply
  • Nik

    May 21, 2019

    I want one!

    Reply
  • Geng Pan

    May 25, 2019

    I need fully control to YouTube and YouTube tv

    Reply
  • Pat Hisyam

    May 28, 2019

    Oh wait. I thought Lenovo smart display already have all that features before? Are they going to integrate the device into Nest family too?

    Reply
  • HaiLsKuNkY

    May 29, 2019

    Do you get unlimited picture storage?

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  • sukicinda

    June 2, 2019

    I will be more willing to buy it if it can recognize Cantonese as it is the language we use at home.

    Reply
  • Ryan Newby

    June 3, 2019

    Definitely a very Useful Device to have in many Family Homes…I'm hoping anyone at any technology skill level will be able to use this device…Go Google, Improving The World with Unreal Technology Devices…

    Reply
  • GRIGOR_ karagozian

    June 4, 2019

    when the google nest hub max is out in charcoal yes i will buy it once is outand i have my questions answered

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  • GRIGOR_ karagozian

    June 4, 2019

    Been waitting for charcoal and with camera andmic google nest hub max for avery long time

    Reply
  • BLU3

    June 4, 2019

    @1:19 420 Blaze It!

    Reply
  • C.D. Riley

    June 4, 2019

    Does he think information go to a real cloud? Why he pointed up to sky?

    Reply
  • Ananya Gupta

    June 11, 2019

    You didn't really answer how this is for music. The original Google home hub sounded s***.

    Reply
  • La Maison de Jeed Home

    June 14, 2019

    Je vais acheter les Nest Max et le ramener en France dés juillet 😉

    Reply
  • Tyson Harris

    June 17, 2019

    Google Nest Hub Max+ 8.0 Next Gen 2019 Ed. For all the brain trust at Google you'd think they'd hire some marketeers.

    Reply
  • Tyson Harris

    June 17, 2019

    As with all things google, give them 6 months and they'll be chasing some other squirrel and you'll be left with their crappy unsupported products.

    Reply
  • Jayson Kopa

    June 22, 2019

    google and facebook work together

    Reply
  • Kit Anilapde

    June 26, 2019

    Can i browse the net on it, Chrome browser?

    Reply
  • Jeff Bergstrom

    July 1, 2019

    How do you control this?

    Reply
  • JaveDaPro

    July 5, 2019

    I lIke that their “innovation” is a camera, I mean the iPad already has that and the nest hub is just like a budget iPad

    Reply
  • Samir ElKamouny

    July 27, 2019

    But how does the speaker sound!!!???

    Reply
  • timm666

    August 4, 2019

    July? Not! It will be available on Sep 9 2019. According to Google. I'm with Brandon Manzella. Black Friday, we should get a good deal.

    Reply
  • Benjamin Rabe

    August 6, 2019

    Yes it could be a great hub but my only question is haw well can it operate with other dedicated hubs like the Samsung SmartThings one ?

    Reply
  • membervarun

    August 9, 2019

    Can I disable all apps except calendar and duo?

    Reply
  • Tech & Believe

    August 14, 2019

    I own a google hub and I love it, it is very useful next to the 2 mini’s I own….deffenatqy recommend these Google products , would love to own the bigger version

    Reply
  • della hance

    August 23, 2019

    Yes I cant wait to get my hands on 2 of These And so much more I already have the 1st original one and I'm excited about Google dual camera both ways

    Reply
  • wardope

    September 3, 2019

    I got the google nest Hub. and I love it. especially because I can use it as a touch interface for my Home assistant Server. as i like to hose my light and everything locally and expose as little as possible to the internet

    Reply
  • Dan Van Malsen

    September 12, 2019

    I really wish they would add a camera to the 7" model. Lenovo's new 7" Google Display looks very nice but there always seems to be a difference in features.

    Reply

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