You may have missed Amazon’s announcement of the new Echo Show 10 (3rd generation) a few weeks ago in the madness that is Tech-tober, and it itself comes amidst the madness that is 2020. With all the new products that have released us from like Google, Samsung and OnePlus in the last few weeks, you will surely be forgiven for missing this one product among many others. But I think the upcoming Echo Show 10 (3rd generation) is not only an intriguing new product for Amazon, but also an opportunity for Google’s Nest brand to strike back in a bigger and better way with the next-generation Nest Hub Max .
It could be said that Google should max-increase this possibility.
Listen, I’m the offspring of a good intelligent speaker. I have no less than 14 of them, both Amazon and Google / Nest, scattered around my humble suburban home. Sounds like I have a problem (maybe), but I’m also writing about these things to make a living, so it’s not that strange. I have Echo Show 5, which I like to sit at my big monitor in my home office as my constant daily companion. I also have a Nest Hub Max in my kitchen, which I do really love because it has a bigger, better screen, a better camera and is connected to my Google Calendar. It also does an absolutely fantastic job of showing my favorite photos (and always knows exactly which one to show). But unless Google and Nest make a few important updates to the next Nest Hub Max, they might just replace it on their counter with the new Echo Show 10 (3rd generation).
How can Google keep me interested in this product? I’m glad you asked! I’ve written down a few improvements that I think would make the next Nest Hub Max insta-purchase for both me and Google true everywhere.
1. Place a better camera on it
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When smart on-screen displays first appeared a few years ago, they were designed primarily as a way to show you information and video content on demand, whether you made a request by voice or on the touch screen. Of course, the devices had cameras (well, most of them anyway), but those cameras were kind of a follow-up thought and not very good. You could make a video call to the devices, but the experience was not optimal and the number of available services was limited. Most people who wanted to participate in a video call chose to do so on their smartphones or computers.
All this has changed over the past year, with platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet and Google Duo becoming more popular and more people staying at home, where their smart speakers are located. Amazon responded to this trend first with the camera and usability updates it introduces with the Echo Show 10 (3rd generation), including a much improved 13MP front camera and a display that can rotate and track you to keep you in. the frame.
Now that we all talk all the time at home all the time, I’d like to look less like a potato in the Nest Hub Max camera show.
Even if Google doesn’t follow Amazon’s instructions and make the display of the next Nest Hub Max capable of rotating or moving, it can take some small steps to dramatically improve video calling. For starters you need to increase the number of MP on the camera. Currently, the Nest Hub Max has a 6.5 MP shooter, which is half as good as that of the new Echo. It would also be amazing if Google could sprinkle some of the software magic on the Pixel camera to work in suboptimal lighting conditions at home and even allow you to make some fun background effects if your bandwidth can handle it.
2. Enter more fun photo modes
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Speaking of photography, we’ve said many times that Nest Hub devices (and other smart speakers powered by Google Assistant, such as Lenovo) make the absolute best digital picture frames thanks to Google Photos’ artificial intelligence magic. While I certainly appreciate how well Google Photos seems to know exactly what photos I want to see, even when I don’t realize it, I think it could be even better on the next generation smart display.
Google Photos can make educated guesses about how to restructure or crop images to fit the screen in a way that Amazon Photos doesn’t seem capable of on Echo Shows or Fire TVs, and that’s great, but what if you can to do even more? What if Google introduces some fun photo mode options that can automatically turn selected photos into stylized versions of a painting or illustration, or if it adds interesting animations or integrated highlights to Google Maps? These are just a few ideas in my head. I hope Google experts can come up with even smarter tricks, both human and AI.
3. Make it more flexible
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As you may have seen in the photos for the Echo Show 10 (3rd generation) and you may have guessed from my summary of this device above, the latest Echo Show has a display mounted on a cylindrical base (unlike the Echo speaker). ). This design allows the screen to be lighter and narrower, and also allows larger, better speakers and a smart Zigbee home hub to live at the base. But in the end, the great feature of this design is that it allows the display and its cameras to move around the room.
Why would you want that? Well, the presence of a rotating screen allows Amazon to move the display to follow your body so that you can always have direct visibility to the device. This is especially handy when you’re trying to follow a video as you move around in the kitchen, or have gloomy kids who won’t sit still for that video chat with Grandma. It’s also useful when you put the device in “clock mode,” which allows it to act as a rotating security camera – pretty cool stuff.
I’m not advocating that Google copy Amazon right here, but you can certainly learn from these adaptations to make the Nest Hub Max (2?) Even better. For example, what if Google puts the next Nest Hub display on a rotating mount and pan up, down and even diagonally? Or what if Google allows you to remove the display from the base and attach it to a wall or cabinet, as you could with a VESA-mounted computer monitor? Google has already built a much simpler version of this idea into the Nest Mini, which you can mount on the wall. Why not take it to the next level?
How great would it be to have a much more portable Nest Hub Max display?
Another way to make the Nest Hub Max socket more flexible would be to allow you to use it untied by a cable. If the device can run on battery power for several hours, it may be nice to move it to different corners of the house or on the terrace. Can it even serve as a small mobile gaming station for Stadia?
4. Introduce a more elegant design
I have no tone to say on this, but it seems like a low-hanging fruit for Google to tighten the industrial design of the new Nest Hub Max. It can shrink the frames, make the display panel thinner and even import a little base. The edges of the Echo Show 10 display (3rd generation) are impossible for thin tablets and Google can certainly match this design. It may also be nice to see a few more color options in the next Hub Max, possibly matching the Sage, Sand and Sky options in the wonderful new Nest Audio smart speakers.
5. Make it more sustainable
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One of the initiatives that Amazon turned to the most during the recent fall hardware event (in fact, it was first something the company is talking about there) was its commitment to the environment and sustainability efforts, both in terms of building materials and energy use. Amazon is talking about its commitment to climate change and a new sustainable product program that will include the new Echo smart speakers with recycled plastic and aluminum.
Google was actually one of the first, if not the first on the first smart speaker company to announce that at least some of its products will be made from durable materials. The 2019 Nest Mini and 2020 Nest Audio speakers and both sports fabrics are made from recycled water bottles. But as Amazon seems to have stepped up its resilience game, it would be great to see Google go even further. Maybe it could make more of the pieces of sustainable materials or stimulate trade programs so that people can return their old speakers to be recycled properly. At the very least, this may include software optimizations so that his devices can draw less energy most of the time so that they don’t contribute more to vampire energy.
Google has shown its commitment to sustainability throughout its organization, so we hope it’s not too much to imagine that some of this effort will materialize in improvements to its future products such as the second-generation Nest Hub Max.
What changes would you suggest to Google to make the next version of Nest Hub Max (or whatever Google chooses to call it) not only better than it already is, but better than the impressive new Echo Show 10 ( 3rd generation)? Do you agree or disagree with any of my ideas? Let us know!
Alexa on the move
Amazon Echo Show 10
It doubles its opponent’s MP camera
Smart displays may never be the same. Amazon Echo Show 10 keeps you in sight at all times, with a high-quality camera that will make you appear clearly during video calls even at a distance. It is also doubled as a panoramic internal security camera.
The best photo frame
Nest Hub Max
The basis for all your Google technologies
This smart display serves many purposes: a central location for connecting and managing all your smart home devices via Google Assistant, a bright slideshow preview screen for all your Google Photos, a Nest Cam for home surveillance and much more.
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