Rumor suggests that Google could be working on a new Nest Hub with a detachable tablet
9to5Google has reported that Google could be working on a new Nest Hub with a detachable tablet. This rumored device, slated to launch this year, would have a screen that you could remove from the base speaker, then potentially use like any other tablet.
9to5Google does not name its source but states that the contact is "proven familiar with Google's plan". Recent features that Google has added to its current Nest Hubs could also suggest that it has started to think about the device as more of a tablet/home hub hybrid.
For example, Google has updated its interface on the 2nd-gen Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max to include a tablet-like shortcut launcher; a row of apps is revealed above the settings bar when you swipe up. Plus, a more advanced browser has been added with a Gboard-style keyboard for navigation.
It is unclear what OS the tablet could run. The 2nd-gen Nest Hub runs the Google Cast system, which would likely be too lightweight for the new device. The original Nest Hub was recently updated to Fuchsia OS, but little about this is known.
This mysterious new device would be a competitor to existing products such as the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 Plus and the Lenovo Smart Tab M10, which come with a speaker dock or a docking station. The gadgets use Amazon's Alexa, or you can use Google Assistant's Ambient Mode.