The new router, announced Tuesday, is built by Asus — one of the companies that also builds Google Chromebooks — and has the additional "Wave Control" feature. You wave your hand over the router to boost the WiFi signal for "a particular device," the company's blog post said, though it didn't provide specifics on how that works. It will cost $220, which $20 more than the TP-Link OnHub.
Like its predecessor, the Asus OnHub will work with Google's "On" app, which makes managing the router much easier. Google will also be releasing a software update to the original OnHub router that should improve the quality of its connection. It will use a new "smart antenna algorithm" that tries to divine which antenna will provide your specific device with the best signal. That should roll out over the coming week.
The OnHub project is now officially part of the "other bets" that Alphabet is making outside of core Google. It's part of the Access & Energy group, which also includes Google Fiber. Expect to see more from the program in the coming years. Alphabet chief financial officer Ruth Porat specifically pointed to this group in the firm's latest earnings call as one in which investors could expect to see a "growth agenda."