GOOGLE HASN'T had a lot of luck with leaks in recent years. Remember when the Pixel 3 got left in a taxi, months before it was due for release?
A few people suspected that maybe Google was deliberately leaking its new products, and this time, they have been proved right.
The Nest Hub Max appeared over the weekend, as a hybrid between a Nest IQ Cam and the Google Home Hub smart display.
It turned up completely unannounced in the Google Store, before promptly disappearing as quickly as it arrived - but we are the internet and we never forget. Plus, Android Police managed a screengrab before the site was taken down.
The device has a 10in HD screen (bigger than the 7in Home Hub) and unlike Google's homegrown device, it has a built-in camera that doubles as both a video calling camera and a Nest security camera.
It also promises stereo sound from dual speakers, placing it closer to the existing Google Home Max (though we can't imagine it'll have the same amount of incredible noise that we get from that bad boy - that thing is LOUD).
The leak gives us a probable answer to two things we've been speculating on.
Firstly, the Nest name will go on. We wondered if, after Nest was pulled out of Alphabet and into the main Google infrastructure, it would eventually ditch the brand in favour of a unified Google moniker. Instead, it looks like the two will co-exist and intertwine.
Secondly, with the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL being repeatedly leaking with no sign of a release date, it looks like Google is going to break with tradition and offer up a hardware range at Google I/O this year.
It would be an unusual move - I/O keynotes are normally software based with a hardware launch in October - but we can't see Google crowbarring a hardware event between May and October, and we can't imagine the Pixel 3a launching alongside the Pixel 4 - that way madness lies. μ
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