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Google’s newest smart home device is always listening…and WATCHING

Daily Mail [1]
September 10, 2019

Google’s latest smart product has some users wary, as concerns grow over the ‘spying’ abilities of internet-connected home devices.

The firm launched the successor to its Nest Hub (formerly called the Home Hub) on Tuesday, offering its Smart Display with Google Assistant and a bigger, 10-inch screen.

And, unlike those before it, the $229 Nest Hub Max has a built in camera that can recognize different faces.

Google first unveiled Nest Hub Max during its i/O conference in May, and the device is now available in the US, UK, and Australia.

Google merged its smart home products with Nest earlier this years, and subsequently rebranded devices such as the Home Hub to carry the Nest name.

Nest Hub Max touts a 6.5-megapixel, wide-angle camera and comes in two colors – Chalk and Charcoal.

It has a 10-inch HD touchscreen display and stands just over 7 inches high. The system is compatible with Android and iOS.

The Hub Max, newest in the line-up is the first to come with a camera, also offers a feature called Face Match that’s designed to further personalize the experience.

But, it’s got some concerned about what it means for privacy.

The feature takes the previous device’s voice-matching capabilities to the next level, adding the ability to recognize and remember each member of the family distinctly.

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