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Hogar's Google Assistant speaker has a built-in smart home hub

Hogar's Google Assistant speaker has a built-in smart home hub
From Engadget - January 8, 2018

Other features include a touch controller, a three-microphone array that allows voice recognition even when you are not close to it, a speaker with a 2-inch driver plus dual two-inch passive radiators for "clear highs and deep bass," and an aluminum and fabric design, in light gray or black.

Hogar said the Milo is the first-ever smart speaker with Z-Wave Plus, but Toshiba recently released its own smart speaker/hub combo, the Symbio, with that feature (the Symbio also includes a camera). Nevertheless, the products highlight a bit of a trend at CES this year to put home hub features in smart speakers, since they are often sitting in a central spot in your house.

That only works, however, if they do all their tasks well, and that's often not the case with all-in-ones. Both the Milo and Symbio are voice-controlled, for instance, but you will also need to use an included app to power many of the smart home functions. Considering that such devices are generally marketed as being simple to use, the home automation functions might be too complex for the average buyer.

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