The Hub can control your smart home appliances with the new Home View interface, help you in the kitchen with recipes and how-tos, and play music from YouTube's vast catalog at will. So, just a smart speaker with a screen then? Not really, as the hub has a tailored UI, and the Home View interface can control hundreds of thousands of devices.
Home Hub can also serve as "the world's best photo frame" with deep Google Photos integration. Google has given it a new feature called Live Albums which displays photos of people or objects you choose, updates them as you do, and uses machine learning to discard blurry or underexposed photos. Nice.
You can pre-order it for $149 today in the Google Store, and it will be available for release on October 22 in the at Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and other retailers. It comes with 6 months worth of YouTube Premium if you order by year's end, so the pricing is very aggressive, what do you think?