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Technology Got a new Google Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max? Here's how to set it up

15:20  08 december  2019
15:20  08 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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  Nest WiFi's range extenders double as smart speakers The Pixel 4 wasn't the only secret Google couldn't keep from spilling all over the internet. Another device, the Nest WiFi, has been leaked a couple of times before the company's Made by Google event in New York City today. But now it's official. As rumored, Google's new Nest WiFi can be paired to "points," aka beacons, that will help extend the range of your wireless network at home. Not only that, but these Nest WiFi points can double as smart speakers, making them compatible with Google Assistant. This means you'll be able to use your voice to control your WiFi setup, like if you ever want to say "Hey Google, pause WiFi for kids devices.

Whether you're adding a Nest Hub or Hub Max to an existing Google Home setup or starting from scratch, unboxing and connecting it to your smart 1 . After you unbox the Nest Hub or Max and plug it in, open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet. When you see Set up 1 device appear at the

Once the Nest Hub Max is connected via Wi-Fi, there are some additional recommended features you’ll be asked to enable to get the most out of the smart Duo video calling and messaging: In order to place and accept video calls on the Nest Hub Max , you’ll need to set up a Google Duo account.

Getting started with your first Google Home or Nest Home smart speaker is kind of like biting into that first potato chip in the classic commercial -- you're going to want more than just one. Before long you've bought another, and another, and if you're like some people (including me), eventually you'll want to step up your game with a smart display like the Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max. After all, even though Google Home and Nest Home smart speakers open the door to hands-free audio playback, smart home controls and ambient computing convenience, a display adds a whole other dimension (two dimensions, actually) to what you can do with a Google Home .

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Google Home Hub (now rebranded Google Nest Hub ) is now available in the UK, US and Australia, and if you've already bought one you'll be itching to get it set up . The process could be a little simpler, however, so we've provided a step-by-step guide on using the Google Home app to set up Nest Hub .

You'll see how to set up your Nest Hub Max , get it working, choose all the right settings, and then how to use all the new and interesting features. The one thing we won't talk about here is utilizing the Thread hub and getting that working. Right now, that' s a whole topic on its own!

a laptop computer sitting on top of a wooden table: The 7-inch Google Nest Hub is a great device to either begin or expand a Google Home smart home setup, especially while you can still get it at a discount. Tyler Lizenby/CNET© Provided by CNET The 7-inch Google Nest Hub is a great device to either begin or expand a Google Home smart home setup, especially while you can still get it at a discount. Tyler Lizenby/CNET a laptop computer sitting on top of a wooden table: The 7-inch Google Nest Hub is a great device to either begin or expand a Google Home smart home setup, especially while you still get it at a discount.© Tyler Lizenby/CNET

The 7-inch Google Nest Hub is a great device to either begin or expand a Google Home smart home setup, especially while you still get it at a discount.

The Google Store offered some pretty hefty discounts on smart speakers and displays over Black Friday weekend, and continues to offer some decent deals on select smart home devices, like the Nest Mini for $35, the Nest Hub for $79 and the original Google Home smart speaker for $69. I actually scored the smaller of Google's two smart display offerings, the 7-inch Nest Hub,with a bundled six-month subscription to SiriusXM for just $69 (good news -- the deal, which saves you about $160 off retail, is still available).

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The Google Nest Hub Max is arguably the best smart display around. We break down how to set Select the New Devices option on the next screen because you’re setting it up for the first time. Once selected, the Nest Hub Max will attempt to connect to your network — ending this part of the

Today, we’re launching Nest Hub Max . Hub Max is a Google Assistant smart display that’ s the perfect addition to your helpful home— it ’ s a TV for your kitchen, an indoor camera, a smart home controller, a digital photo frame and a great way to make video calls.

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Whether you picked up a Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max over Thanksgiving weekend like I did, or you're still thinking about adding a display to your current Google Home setup, here's what you need to know about what they are, what they do (and don't do) and how to get them set up in a jiffy.

What a Nest Hub smart display is -- and isn't

The Nest Hub and Hub Max are more or less designed to perform the same kinds of tasks as Google Home and Nest Home smart speakers while also visually displaying the information you want, such as the name of a song and artist for a track playing. They can also show lyrics or recipes, play slideshows and videos and let you turn connected smart home devices on and off with a touch. Additionally, the bigger Nest Hub Max has a camera you can use for video calls. However, the Nest Hub and Hub Max aren't mobile devices nor quite as full-featured as tablets, and there's no app store like Google Play -- but they generally don't cost as much as tablets, either.

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Google ' s new Nest Hub Max tries to be a smart display, speaker, and a Nest Cam all in one, and it mostly succeeds at everything. First, you’ve got to set up the ability to stream in the Google Home app on your phone. In that app, you can only watch the camera live, it won’t record or send you any

The Google Nest Hub Max is easily the most feature-packed smart display in the Google Assistant ecosystem. It takes everything we already loved Jumping into the home app, we were immediately prompted to set up a new device. From there it was just a matter of following on-screen prompts.

a close up of a box: One feature of the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max have that most tablets can't compete with is better sound, thanks to the larger, more powerful speakers hidden inside the base. David Priest/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. One feature of the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max have that most tablets can't compete with is better sound, thanks to the larger, more powerful speakers hidden inside the base. David Priest/CNET

Unbox and set up your new Nest Hub in under 5 minutes

Whether you're adding a Nest Hub or Hub Max to an existing Google Home setup or starting from scratch, unboxing and connecting it to your smart home should be a breeze. The Google Home app and Nest Hub itself guide you through the process, but here are some of the steps you'll want to pay extra close attention to:

1. After you unbox the Nest Hub or Max and plug it in, open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet. When you see Set up 1 device appear at the top of the screen, tap it to get started.

2. Next, the app will ask you to verify a four-digit alphanumeric code displayed on the Nest screen. Match up the code and tap Next.

3. You'll be asked if you want to "Help improve" Google Nest services. This is optional and choosing No thanks will have no effect on your device's performance.

4. Next, choose the room where your device will go.

Google updates the Nest Hub to sense where you are without a camera

  Google updates the Nest Hub to sense where you are without a camera If you've been patiently waiting for Google to update your Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max with the cool ultrasound sensing feature it unveiled last month, today is the day. According to Android Police, the company has started rolling out the feature to both devices. Ultrasound sensing is a smart workaround for the fact the original Nest Hub (née Google Home Hub) doesn't feature a camera. By using high-frequency sounds, the smart display can tell whether you're in the same room as it is, in addition to your approximate position. It will then use this information to adjust its interface.

The Google Nest Hub Max is finally here after its introduction at Google I/O earlier this year, which How to factory reset the Google Nest Hub Max . Perform a quick factory reset by holding down the For example, you can set it up so that the lights in the bedroom all turn on at a low level when you say.

Get the most out of your Google Home, Mini, Max , Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max with our top tips and tricks, helping you master your voice-activated speaker. How to change your Home nickname. When you set up a new Google Home device, you'll need to create a "Home" to put it in.

5. The Nest Hub will now connect to the same Wi-Fi signal your phone is currently using, so make sure you're on your home's Wi-Fi.

Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google's bigger smart display

6. Next, choose whether to use Voice Match, which is a feature that learns to recognize your voice and up to five other voices so your Nest Hub can display the calendar appointments, reminders, photos and other information of the person using it. If you don't need this feature, choose No thanks. If you tap I agree, Google will keep data that can identify your voice on its servers, which some people may not be comfortable with.

Google's Nest Hub and Hub Max can now ‘sense' your presence and respond accordingly

  Google's Nest Hub and Hub Max can now ‘sense' your presence and respond accordingly On Wednesday, Android Police was the first to report that Google's Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max can now use ultrasound technology to sense when users are near and tailor what's displayed on their screens accordingly. As of Wednesday, if you are within five feet of your Google Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max, the devices can sense your presence and tailor what's on the screen based on your distance. This is made possible with integrated ultrasound technology. When you're close to the devices, they will automatically display the weather and touch controls.

Once you have it set up this is dead simple, so here ’ s how to get started making calls with Google To make voice calls with your mobile number from your Google Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max in the US or UK, just follow the same instructions for Google To set that up , follow the instructions below.

Google has just launched the Nest Hub Max , bringing a large screen, dual speakers and a nest camera all in one device. It ' s a great device, but It ' s equipped with a large 10-inch HD screen, a Nest camera and stereo speakers. You may think it ' s part of the same range as the Google Home Max

7. Next, link any music, video and live TV services you want to use with your Nest Hub. If you've already connected the streaming services you use to your Google account with another Google Home device, they should appear here automatically, so you can skip this step.

8. If you'd like to use your Nest Hub to make phone calls, you'll now be asked to link your Google Duo phone number and account. If this isn't something you think you'll ever need, tap Not now to skip it.

9. When not serving you information or controlling your smart home, your Nest Hub works as a digital photo frame. Choose whether you want to use your own photos stored in Google Photos , or professional images from Google's Art gallery. If you'd rather keep your display purely functional, you can also select Fullscreen clock as an option.

10. Finally, you'll be asked to review all the decisions you made during setup, after which your Nest Hub display will give you a brief tutorial on what the various buttons and sensors on the device are for as well as a walk-through of its basic operations. Once you've completed all of that, you're done and ready to start using your new Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max.

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Google's Nest Hub Max smart display tracks your face

If you're still on the fence about whether or not a smart display is right for you, check out our review of the Nest Hub and our review of the Nest Hub Max. Privacy concerns regarding smart home tech are on the rise, so be sure to read about how Google now collects face data captured by the Nest Hub Max -- and how to stop it. While you're at it, check out our guide to locking down or even deleting all the data Google has collected on you, including the personal information associated with your Google Home.

Google explains how Nest Hubs know to display what’s important .
Reminders, appointments, and alerts will take advantage of proximity sensing soonUltrasound sensing began life inside Nest as an accessibility feature. It was being developed for the millions of people suffering from low vision. “It turned out that designing for people with low vision improved the experience for everyone,” writes Udall.

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