If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That seems to be the idea behind the second-gen Google Nest Hub, which—at first glance, anyway—could easily be mistaken for the original. This new Nest Hub keeps the first’s slim, fabric-covered base and “floating” seven-inch display, along with onboard Google Assistant, an attractive, easy-to-use interface, plenty of video, music, and other entertainment options, and some of the best home automation functionality you’ll find in a smart display.
Sounds like a yawner, right? Well, that’s literally true when it comes to the Nest Hub deux’s major new feature: Sleep Sensing, an opt-in feature that allows the display to monitor your sleep without the need for a wristband. Powered by a tiny, built-in radar, the Nest Hub can actually sense your breathing as you slumber, and it’ll give you detailed reports about your sleep history and quality. Pretty cool, but Sleep Sensing feels very much like a work in progress, and we’re also concerned about Google’s hints that it might charge for Sleep Sensing functionality (either some or all of it) in the future.