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Introducing Google Nest Hub, Made by Google’s first display device

Welcome to Google Nest Hub, Google’s smart display that brings you help at a glance. With the Google Assistant built in, you can use your voice to get the best of Google—Search, Calendar, Maps, YouTube, Google Photos and more–right on Hub’s display.

Thoughtfully designed for any room

The first thing you’ll notice about Hub is its beautiful design. We made this display to fit right into your home, and we hope you’ll consider it not just functional, but part of your decor. Its 7-inch screen is like a floating display, just the right size to fit on any surface and big enough to enjoy your photos from across the room. With soft rounded corners, Hub fits naturally on any surface. My favourite places are my kitchen counter and nightstand. It is available in Chalk and Charcoal color variants, across partner retailers including Flipkart, Croma, Reliance and TATA Cliq.

We consciously decided to not include a camera on Google Nest Hub, so you feel comfortable placing it in the private spaces of your home, like the bedroom. On the top of the device you’ll find the powerful Google Nest Hub’s Ambient EQ light sensor. It allows the screen to automatically adjust to match the lighting in the room, so photos on Google Nest Hub will blend in with the room, too. That means no glowing screen—it fits seamlessly into your home. When it's time for bed, Hub knows to dim the screen for a good night’s sleep.

Jumpstart your morning routine 

I think I speak for most parents when I say mornings at home are hectic. From the time we wake up until we’re racing out the door, every minute counts. With Routines, Hub can provide you and your family with useful info about the day ahead. Just say “Ok Google, good morning” for a personalised, visual overview of family activities from Google Calendar, your commute from Google Maps, your latest reminders, and the weather forecast. You will also be updated on the latest local news from the likes of Times Internet, NDTV, India Today, Dainik Jagran and more.  And with Voice Match, up to six people can get their own personalised Routine. And I can get easy how-to help from YouTube videos: “Ok Google, how do you make mango lassi?”

Simplify your connected home

With Hub, everyone in the family can see and control your compatible devices from a single dashboard called Home View—no more switching between apps. Just swipe down to reveal your home view: dim your lights, turn up the volume on the TV, and see who is outside with your smart camera. Home View lets you control more than 200 million connected devices from over 3,500 brands globally, many of which may already be in your home today. With a simple tap or voice command, you can control products from Xiaomi, Syska lights, Oakter Plugs, Philips Hue, LG and more. You can also broadcast messages through all connected speakers in your home, just say “Ok Google, broadcast dinner’s ready!” to round up the family. 

Relive the moment with Google Photos

Google Nest Hub is also a photo frame, but not your average one: It's easy to set up, automatically refreshes the photos that are displayed, and features your best shots. With Live Albums, a new feature from Google Photos, I can relive recent memories with family and friends even while Hub is not in use. Google Photos will automatically add new photos of my son and our dog to my album, avoiding duplicates and blurry shots. I can even share our Live Album with my mum, so when she sets up her Google Nest Hub, the photos of her grandson will be added to the live album automatically. Plus, you can say goodbye to endless scrolling on your phone to find the photo you’re looking for. Google Nest Hub makes it easy: “Ok Google, show my pictures from Goa,” and just like that, I'm taken back to my vacation. 

Get hands-free help in the kitchen

My family spends a lot of time in our kitchen, and Google Nest Hub helps us prepare recipes like top chefs. I can use my voice to browse millions of recipes and start cooking, all hands-free. We’ve teamed up with NDTV Food, Veg Recipes of India, Archana’s Kitchen and more to bring their fun, family-friendly recipe videos to Google Nest Hub. Check out the NDTV Food Chole Bhature recipe for a fun how-to recipe, it’s delicious!

Hub helps you turn the music up, then wind down

At my house, Fridays are family night—and sometimes that means a dance-off. Hub’s full-range speaker means a crisp, clear sound every time. With Hub, you can enjoy music from YouTube Music, Gaana, JioSaavn, Wynk, and Spotify (you may need a subscription).

When you’re ready for bed, just say, “Ok Google, good night” to set an alarm, turn off compatible lights and TVs and fall asleep to soothing music.  You can use ready-made or custom Routines to create your own Routine with any of the Google Assistant’s one million actions, starting your routine with a phrase that feels best for you. For busy working parents like me, every day is hectic—so these features are truly game-changing when I have my hands full or I’m strapped for time.

I know you’ll love getting help and enjoying family time with Hub, just like my family. Google Nest Hub’s is priced at ₹9,999, and will be available starting 26th August 2019.

Once you set up Hub, just say “Ok Google, what can you do” to get started.

Posted by Saurabh Arya, India Business Lead, Google Home and Nest Products

Say bonjour to your Assistant in Google Allo

@Google, ou est le marché Jean-Talon?

Last year, we launched Google Allo with smart features in English, Brazilian Portuguese and Hindi. Today, we’re adding support for these features in French, thanks to our latest update.

Now, for the first time ever, Canadians will be able to interact with their Google Assistant in French! 

The Google Assistant is ready to help en français

Google Allo is our smart messaging app for Android and iOS that helps you say more and do more right in your chats. You can get help from your Assistant without ever leaving the conversation. Sharing sports scores, recipes, or travel plans in French is now easy to do right in your chats with friends.

To start using the Assistant in Canadian French, just say “Talk to me in Canadian French” when you’re chatting with your Assistant in Google Allo. You can also adjust the language setting for your Assistant on your device. So whether you’re looking into weather forecasts for your trip to The Laurentians or for directions to the Olympic Stadium, add @google to your chat and your Assistant is ready to help.

Embracing French-Canadian culture
We’ve made Assistant be truly French Canadian, customizing the app with local elements that are unique to Quebec. From local celebrities and artists to landmarks and cultural institutions, you can ask the Assistant to answer questions that are specifically relevant to French Canada.

Respond rapidement with Smart Reply
We’ve found that Smart Reply in English has been helpful in sending quick responses while you’re chatting on the go. We’re now adding support for Smart Reply in French, so you can quickly send a “Oui” in response to a friend asking “Es-tu en chemin pour la partie de soccer?”.

Smart Reply will recognize the language you’re chatting in and begin to show suggested responses in that language. If you’re chatting in English, it will continue to show English responses. But if you start chatting in French, it will show you suggestions in that language.

Coming soon! Smart Reply will also suggest responses for photos. If your friend sends you a photo of their pet, you’ll see Smart Reply suggestions like “Trop mignon!” And whether you’re a “ah ah” or “?” kind of person, Smart Reply will improve over time and adjust to your style.

We can’t wait for you to say bonjour to Google Allo! We’re beginning to roll out these new features in French for Google Allo on Android and iOS, and they will be available to all users in Canada in the next few days.

In addition to French, we’ll continue to bring the Google Assistant and Smart Reply to more languages over time — stay tuned for more!

Canada, meet Google Wifi

Nothing is more annoying than losing your Wi-Fi connection when binge watching your favourite TV show or video chatting in a business meeting. From spotty connections to dropped signals, leave your Wi-Fi troubles behind with the help of Google Wifi, launching today in Canada. Google Wifi is a new kind of home Wi-Fi system that works with your modem and internet provider to give you strong, reliable coverage, in every room.
Traditional Wi-Fi routers aren’t always built to support the increasing number of devices we use or high bandwidth activities like gaming or watching videos. Google Wifi is different. It’s a connected system that replaces your current router and brings everything you love about Google -- smarts, security and simplicity -- to home Wi-Fi.

Strong, reliable coverage
Google Wifi uses a technology called mesh Wi-Fi. Within our mesh network, each Google Wifi point creates a high-powered connection, and the different Wifi points work together to determine the best path for your data. The result is Wi-Fi coverage even in hard-to reach areas, not just right next to the router.*

Keeps itself fast 
Most of us don’t want to spend time tweaking complex settings or managing our Wi-Fi network. Google Wifi is smart and automatically places your devices on the clearest channel and optimal Wi-Fi band, so the entire family can keep doing what they love without missing a beat. And as you roam around your house, our built-in Network Assist software will seamlessly transition your device between the Google Wifi system points in real time, to help you avoid dead spots and delays. Google Wifi is an expandable system, so if you have a larger home, you can simply add Google Wifi points.* They connect to one another to spread a strong network signal to every room.

A simple way to control your network
To make sure you’re always in control, Google Wifi comes with an app, available on Android and iOS*, that lets you do things like pause Wi-Fi on kids’ devices (or create recurring pauses for dinnertime or homework) and is built to help keep your network safe and secure. It also shows you which devices are connected and how much bandwidth they’re using and lets you prioritize devices within your network so you can stream that latest episode uninterrupted.

Google Wifi will be available in Canada on April 28th as a 1-pack for $179 and a 3-pack for $439 from the Google Store, Best Buy Canada, Staples Canada and Walmart Canada, with more retailers coming soon.

Find out more about Google Wifi here.

OK Google. Give me directions to Best Buy

At the beginning of October, we gave Canadians (and the world) a first glimpse into our new family of hardware, made by Google. And now we’re bringing a whole new way for shoppers to experience our products, courtesy of Google shops.

Today, Google Canada is thrilled to open four flagship Google shops in Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Mississauga Best Buy locations.

At our new locations, guests will encounter everything they love about Google, all in one place -- from personalized tech help to hands-on workshops with YouTube stars and, most importantly, immersive and interactive experiences with the latest Google products like Pixel, Daydream View & Chromecast Ultra!  

Earlier in October, we announced 10 smaller shops in Best Buy locations across the country - click here for locations. At the four new flagship shops opening today, we’ll offer:

  • One-on-one Help: Book 1:1 appointments with Google guides who can help you get the most out of your Google products & apps.

  • Product Workshops: Participate in ongoing workshops, from planning your holiday travel  to getting personalized tech tips for the whole family.

  • Holidays Events (new!): Sign up for unique and fun holiday-themed events at our four larger shops, led by YouTube creators, popular tech experts, artists and more.

Comprised of nearly 700 square feet, our new shops focus on every detail. From the use of large open spaces with curved edges to the hand-picked colour palette, each design element evokes a warm playful feel.

When you visit our four new shops, make sure to try some of our one-of-a-kind experiences like Portal, a super-sized display that lets you ‘fly’ through Google Earth, explore what people around the world are searching for, and play with other fun Google apps. You’ll also get to go hands-on with our new hardware like Pixel, Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra in our ‘Experience Bays’, which are fully programmable spaces that will evolve and change as our products do.

With the holidays around the corner, timing couldn’t be more perfect to sign up for our first Holiday Event  with The Sorry Girls, Canada’s DIY sweethearts. Hosted at our Google shops in Mississauga (December 3) and Vancouver (December 4), The Sorry Girls will teach you how to create fun holiday DIYs gifts for your loved ones, like customized ugly holiday sweaters, using Google tech. We’ll be announcing more workshops soon with other special guests -- see the full calendar of activities here.

So, stop by the Google shop and check out a few new things made by Google.

Follow the conversation with @GoogleCanada and #googleshop.

Happy holiday shopping!

Posted by Janell Fischer, Google Inc., Director of Retail Marketing