Google has announced its second generation of Nest Hub with several new features. According to Google, the new product has two new key features. The first is the better audio quality that will provide 50 percent more bass. Additionally, users now can use Quick Gestures to pause and play content by tapping the air in front of the display.
Apart from the support for quick gesture along with better sound quality, the Nest Hub also brought the sleep tracking functionality to Nest Hub. Although the feature was available across different sleep-tracking products over the years, the company is now working on bringing the native support for the feature to other devices.
Dubbed ‘Sleep Sensing’ the new Nest Hub feature uses Motion Sense or better known as Soli radar. Google initially included the Motion Sense in its Pixel 4 lineup. In case you didn’t know, the feature allows users to use their hands to skip songs or silence phone calls among many things. However, the feature wasn’t particularly useful and it didn’t make its way to Pixel 5.
But Nest Hub is using the feature to track users’ sleeping. Thanks to the inclusion, Nest Hub will now be able to analyze the sleep of the person closest to the device’s display. In addition to tracking movement and breathing, Nest Hub will now be able to detect temperature changes. After waking up, you can ask Google or check Google Fit to track your sleeping.
While sleep tracking isn’t particularly useful, Google announced that the feature will be a free preview on the second-gen Nest Hub until next year. Although Google hasn’t specified how much the new feature will cost afterwards, it’s safe to assume that the search engine giant is currently working on how to bring work with Fitbit’s sleep tracking data following its acquisition of Fitbit.