Google Home Hub vs. Amazon vs. Facebook: How the video devices compare

JEFFERSON GRAHAM | October 10, 2018

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In the coming battle of the talking video speakers, Google is selling YouTube, Amazon looks to Prime Video, and with Facebook, it's about the social network. Google and Facebook have joined Amazon in offering the next wave of home speakers, Alexa with a twist, with a video display. Facebook came out on Monday with its video portal. On Tuesday, Google introduced Google Home Hub, an update to its popular Google Home speaker, a new device with a video screen that's all about Google. Amazon will be first to stores, with the revamped and larger Echo unit available Thursday, while Google's Home Hub, an extension of the Home speaker line, will be released on Oct. 22. The Facebook Portal and Portal+ products will be available in November.

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