Looking to past release dates isn’t that helpful, as there has been just one previous generation of both the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. The former was first released as the Google Home Hub in October 2018, then underwent a name change to the Nest Hub in May 2019 when it was also joined by the larger Nest Hub Max.
If this is anything to go on, then we may see Google refresh the line-up this summer.
How much will the Google Nest Hub cost?
Again, with so little in the form book, we can only really look at the previous models to get an indication of what you’ll need to pay for the newer model. At the time of writing, these were the prices for the two devices.
- Google Nest Hub: £79/$89
- Google Nest Hub Max: £179/$229
Any new Nest Hub will have to be competitive with the equivalent Amazon Echo, so unless there are significant extra costs for building the new version, it will likely be the same price as before.
What features will there be in the new Google Nest Hub?
As stated earlier, there is no official word from Google yet on what to expect from a new version of the Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max. One rumour that’s been pretty persistent is Soli technology in the updated smart display. This motion-detecting ability appeared previously in the Pixel 4, which offered gesture controls that could be performed without touching the device. Yet it was surprisingly absent from the Pixel 5.
There were quite a few expectations that Google would use it in the new Nest Thermostat as a new control method, and while the technology was indeed incorporated into the device, it was only for helping with sensing when people were home rather than to interact with it.
The rumour posted by 9to5 Google suggests that the new Nest Hub will use Soli motion detecting abilities to monitor your sleep. Google must know that people have the devices by their beds, and the theory is that the next generation will monitor breathing and sleeping activity to let you know whether you are having any issues while you slumber.
Of course, Soli could just be used as a way to interact with the display without touching it, so you could adjust the scrolling or size of recipes while in the kitchen or other times when you want your hands free but find voice commands not precise enough.
One area where the Nest Hub could be improved is with the introduction of a camera. Video calling has become the de facto means of communication for many in the last year, so the omission of a camera in the smaller version of the Hub does seem like quite an oversight in the current climate. Of course, if this is an important issue, you can always opt for the Next Hub Max as it already features a camera.
Clearly, then, there’s not much known about the new Google Nest Hub at the moment, but we’ll be updating this article as more rumours suface, so be sure to check back regularly to see what to expect later this year.
In the meantime, take a look at our guide to the best smart displays to see what competition the next Google Nest Hub will have to beat.