Along with the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google’s Made By event has unveiled the new Google nest products including Google Nest mini second-generation Google Assistant speakers and new Google Nest Wifi routers.
Google Nest Mini
The second-generation Google dot mini has been completely re-engineered with upgraded hardware for improved bass. This is a smart speaker comes with a fabric cover on top of it is made from recycled plastics. The company has added a wall mounting option for those who don’t want to keep it on their desk.
The Google home nest mini now has three microphones to be able to listen to your voice commands better. Google says interactions with the Nest Mini will be much faster. With the Nest Mini, you can use an intercom feature to call people inside your house (presumably via two or three of these devices paired to the same account).
The Nest Mini provides a 40% stronger bass than the original Mini (measured from 60-100 Hz at max volume) with a 40 mm driver, features proprietary audio tuning software. It features WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz/5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, and Chromecast built-in. There is an LED light light up as your hand gets close to the device, indicating where you can tap to adjust the volume.
It will dynamically adjust the volume of the Assistant, news, and podcasts based on any background noise that may be happening at the time. You can connect Nest Mini to your other Nest speakers to build a sound system for your whole home. If you have more than one Google or Nest smart speaker or display, you can create as many different groups and enjoy music, podcasts and more throughout your home.
Now stream transfer can move your music, audiobooks and podcasts from one speaker to another with just your voice. Google Duo functionality lets you call your devices from the Google Home app, use the intercom feature to talk from device to device or even call someone. Dedicated machine learning chip with up to one TeraOPS of processing power lets it learn your most common commands and process them locally for much faster response time.
Price and Availability
Google Nest Mini comes in Chalk, Charcoal, Coral and a Sky color, is priced at $49.00, already available for pre-order via Bhphotovideo.com and goes on sale from October 22, 2019.
Google Nest Wifi
The Nest Wifi has a router and a satellite, which are two separate devices: The Nest Wifi router plugs directly into your modem, forming the basis for a strong and powerful home network, and the Nest Wifi point expands your coverage where you need it most.
Google claims that the Nest Wifi Router and Point (the satellite) are good enough to cover 85% of all homes in the US. It has support for BLE and Thread for better connectivity with other smart home devices. It is more powerful than Google Wifi, delivering up to two times the speed and up to 25% better coverage. A two-pack can deliver coverage for a 3,800-square-foot home.
It is powered by Quad-core 64-bit ARM CPU 1.4 GHz processor, simultaneous dual-band (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Wifi router- AC2200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi 4×4 (5 GHz) and 2×2 (2.4 GHz); Wifi point – AC1200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi 2×2 (2.4 GHz/5 GHz). The system is scalable, so you can add more points later (or buy a three-pack to start with) to make sure you’re covered. And if you’ve already got a Google Wifi network, you can easily add Nest Wifi to it for additional coverage.[Also see Google Nest Hub Max Smart Display]
Google Nest Wifi point also has the same speaker as Nest Mini, with the Google Assistant, so you can add it to a speaker group. It also has soft, rounded edges and unobtrusive lighting.
Price and Availability
Google Nest Wifi points come in Snow, Sand, and Mist colors. You can get a Nest WiFi S1 (one pack) for $169.00, or S1 + C1 (two-pack) with one router and one point for $269.00, or S1 + 2 C1 (three pack) with one router and two points for $349.00. It is also available for pre-order via Bhphotovideo.com and goes on sale from November 4, 2019.