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Nest Hub 1st Gen vs Nest Hub 2nd Gen

Nest Hub 1st Gen vs Nest Hub 2nd Gen

There are some similarities and differences between the Nest Gen 1st Generation and the Second Gen Nest Hub. We’re going to walk through them really quickly so you can be on your way to making a decision to purchase your own second-generation Nest Hub.

Nest Hub vs. 2nd Generation Nest Hub – Similarities

7-inch Screen.

Yes, it’s still the same package for both Nest Hubs. You will get a 7-inch smart display in the 2nd Generation Nest Hub. at the same resolution of 1024 x 600 pizels.

Google Assistant

Of course, you can’t miss out on what makes the new Nest Hub a smart display. Google Assistant is here to stay. However, in the future Google Assistant will probably be predicting what you want before you say “Hey, Google.”

Same User Interface

You will see the same User Interface on the 2nd Gen Nest Hub. You’ll be able to scroll through all the settings, music, videos, and alarm settings.

Ambient EQ

Both the older and newer generations of the Nest Hub come with Google’s proprietary Ambient EQ, which can change the display brightness, and color settings depending on what’s happening around the Nest Hub. You can read more about Ambient EQ here:

The Differences between the Nest Hub and 2nd Generation Nest Hub

The 3rd Mic

You’ll notice right away that the New Nest Hub (2nd Generation) has a 3rd far-field microphone to ensure that Google Assistant can hear you with the added audio performance on board. The 3rd mic is also used in conjunction with the Nest Hub’s temperature and light sensors (temperature, light, and ultrasound) to help monitor certain health conditions while you sleep.

More Bass than the Nest Hub (1st Gen)

The second-generation Nest Hub comes with 50% more bass than its predecessor. The 2nd Gen Nest Hub comes with a full-range speaker with a 43.5 mm (1.7 in) driver. With the audio technology based on the new Nest Audio, you’ll probably notice the difference between the 1st Nest Hub and the 2nd Nest Hub.

Machine Learning built-in

In order for the Nest Hub to learn and respond faster to your commands and needs, Google placed a Machine Learning chip in the new Nest Hub. Processing of data happens locally on the Nest Hub – that means that it does not need to go to the Google cloud, get processed, and come back to you. It also means that you’ll be able to manage your smart home faster. No need to wait more than a second to turn on your lights. Google says the new Machine learning chip is better than the ones placed in the Nest Audio, Nest WiFi Router and Nest Mini.


Yes, Soli is back and now one of the main technologies in the Nest Hub. Why? Soli is will also be used to implement Quick Gestures. No need to tap the smart display when you wake up the alarm. Just wave your hand. Thinking of turning off the music or video. Just tap in the air – the media will change based on your gestures.

Sleep Sensing

The Nest Hub’s long-awaited feature. Sleep Sensing helps track your restlessness, respirations per minute, awake time, and light and temperature changes. The Sleep Sensing will output recommendations based on the data it receives through Soli, light and temperature sensors, and its ultrasound technology. There might be a subscription for this service after 2021, however, no details have been confirmed. The Sleep data will be compatible with the Google Fit app, so you can have all your health information in one place.


Oh, the Thread. We’ve been talking about Thread for some time here at Automate Your Life. The 2nd Generation Nest Hub will be equipped with a Thread Border hub. Although, the Thread technology will not be active. Its anticipated to be used with the Connected Home over IP communication protocol – to be released in 2021. Google has already installed the Thread radios in the Nest Hub Max and Nest WiFi Router.

Sunrise Alarm

Ok, the Sunrise Alarm is not new. But there are new features surrounding the Sunrise Alarm, including being able to manage your lighting as the Sunrise Alarm is activated. You’ll be able to change the brightness gradually when the Sunrise Alarm begins.


The $99 price for the 2nd Generation Nest Hub is a welcome difference. It’s much lower than the 1st Gen Nest Hub retail price. It’s comparable with the Nest Audio and should encourage the homeowner to purchase a pair to assist two people to monitor their sleep patterns and provide a great smart home display for the bedroom.

Comparison between the Nest Hub and 2nd Gen Nest Hub

If you’re in the market for the Nest Hub or the new and improved 2nd Generation Nest Hub, you’re probably not going to be disappointed with your decision. However, with the new price point of the second-generation Nest Hub, you’re probably going to get more right out of the box. Google has put the Soli technology to good use. The Nest Hub’s ability to monitor your sleep patterns and provide recommendations opens the door for Google to help you in your personal pursuit of wellness. It should be noted that the technology inside the new Nest Hub heralds a new generation of smart connectivity with the embedded machine learning chip and Thread border Hub. It will be exciting to see the future of a smart home managed at the bedside table!

You can find Google’s Nest Hub (2nd Gen) at the Google Store:

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