According to 9to5Google, Google is working on a new Nest Hub with a removable tablet that will be released in 2022. The screen could be removed from the hub/speaker base and used like any other tablet.
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The idea makes a lot of sense in terms of increasing Nest functionality, especially since Google recently made the second-generation Nest screen more tablet-like with a new shortcut launcher for web apps and games.
The device’s operating system is unknown at this time, as the 2nd-generation Nest Hub runs the lightweight Google Cast system and the original Nest Hub was recently updated to Google’s mysterious Fuchsia OS.
A detachable tablet, on the other hand, would most likely have the most functionality with Android. According to 9to5Google, Lenovo sells a $270 Android tablet that docks to a speaker bar and runs Alexa.
The new 2nd-generation Nest Hub ($100) and Nest Hub Max ($230) have 7-inch and 10-inch screens, respectively. Both provide sleep tracking, media playback, and, of course, control of connected home devices.
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The Nest Hub Max also includes a camera that supports video calls (only Duo) and can be used as a Nest camera. The new Nest Hub with a detachable tablet is expected to be released in 2022, but until that date is confirmed, take this rumour with a grain of salt.