It’s not just the Pixel 5 will appear next Wednesday (September 30) at a Google event. The company’s invitation mentions other products, including “our new Chromecast [and] the latest smart speaker. “A retailer may have already taken the cat out of the bag regarding this latter product.
Twitter user Marcos Frausto spotted some packages released prematurely on Walmart’s shelves for a product called Nest Audio. Apparently, the retailer was restocking the product ahead of the Pixel 5 event, according to a 9to5Google relationship.
This new leak comes through Walmart stocking the product even before the September 30th Pixel 5. We’ve also seen renderings of the speaker in white and anthracite, but with this sighting in the wild, it appears that the only further confirmation we need about Nest Audio is Google’s formal announcement.
Looks like Walmart jumped the gun on Google’s unreleased speaker. @Google @Walmart @madebygoogle #NestAudio #GoogleNest #Leak #HeyGoogle @MKBHD pic.twitter.com/aUrExg0Cwx24 September 2020
Nest Audio’s photo doesn’t reveal much aside from Google’s familiar packaging – you certainly won’t see a price. But there are some plausible assumptions floating around online, however, thanks to a recent Lowe’s product list which costs the speaker just $ 100.
WinFuture’s Roland Quandt originally discovered the list, which comes with an official Google description touting the device’s ability to “hear music the way it should sound, with crisp voices and powerful bass filling the room.”
Although the page is still online for verification, pricing information is no longer available. However, it looks like we’ve all been briefed on what Google has planned for Nest Audio on September 30th. That doesn’t mean there’s no room for more surprises at Google’s next event, however.
We will probably see the introduction of new Chromecast, which also appeared online courtesy of leaks. Formerly named Google Chromecast 4, the device will be named Chromecast with Google TV and appears to be a pretty major overhaul of the classic Chromecast dongle with a sleek new oval design. The new broadcast device also appears to have a remote control and should feature a variety of colors.
As for what the rest of the Pixel 5 event will show (besides the phone of course), there may still be room for hardware that hasn’t previously been shown in a store or leaked outright. We just have to keep our eyes and ears open for what’s left of Google.
Google’s September 30th event comes a week after Amazon unveiled a number of updates to its Alexa-based speakers and devices, including a new version of the Amazon Echo smart speaker.