There is a lot we know about the fabric-covered device and a lot we have yet to find out. For example, we know it promises to improve speaker volume by an astonishing percentage, but we’ll have to see how the Nest Audio stacks up.in real-world tests. If the are an indication, this could be the Alexa killer that Google was hoping for.
We’ll walk you through the most important things to learn about Nest Audio’s price, colors, date of sale and features. And we’ll explain what the new name means for other Google Homes ($ 99 at Walmart) and Nest devices.
What is Nest Audio and which speaker does Google replace?
Nest Audio replaces the originalbut, despite the similar name, it is not the successor of . Other Google smart speakers you can buy today include high-end ones , (previously ) is is smart displays.
How much does Nest Audio cost and when will it go on sale?
Right now, the Google Store accepts Nest Audio pre-orders for $ 100 (£ 90, AU $ 149) but will drop $ 20 for every two purchases, making them $ 90 each. Google will begin shipping Nest Audio orders in the US, Canada and India on October 5th. The device will be available at physical retailers and in 21 countries starting October 15.
What colors is Nest Audio available in?
You can purchase Nest Audio in five pastel colors: chalk (white), anthracite (black), sage (green), sand (pink), and sky (blue). Interestingly, Google claims that the fabric-like mesh material enclosing the speaker is made up of 70% recycled plastic.
What has improved since the first Google Home?
The new Nest Audio replaces Google Home’s single 2-inch speaker with a 3-inch woofer to control the bass and a three-quarter tweeter for high notes. There’s also a quad-core processor in place of the original Google Home dual-core processor, which should speed up response times and help create richer sound.
As with last year’s updated Nest Mini ($ 50 best buy), Nest Audio has a dedicated machine learning chip on the device that performs some of the processing previously managed in Google’s cloud-based data centers (translation: faster responses, better privacy).
Also, rather than looking like an air freshener or a miniature nuclear power plant, Nest Audio is a bit more like a loaf of bread, which I personally find an improvement.
Will all Google Home speakers now be Nest Audio?
Among mine, the clear branding is what bothered me again and again. With several Nest-branded smart speakers, it certainly looks like Google is embracing “Nest” as a new brand name. However, the company also bounced back and forth a couple of times, blurring the matter. My guess is Nest is here to stay.
Which mobile app will Nest Audio use: Google Home or Nest?
Part of the confusion surrounding the new name is which app you will use to control Nest Audio from your phone. There are two mobile apps, one for Nest, one for Google Home, but the device names don’t match the apps. The Nest app directs the company’s smart, is , but if you want to set up a Nest Mini or, presumably, Nest Audio, you’ll need to use the Google Home app.
Are there any new Google Assistant commands?
If there are, Google hasn’t announced them alongside the new Nest Audio smart speaker. Instead, Google highlighted the, which the company recently . Additionally, Google devoted a good portion of its presentation to , which is rumored to be adding some features in the coming weeks (presumably regardless of Nest Audio’s launch).
It’s easy to overlook, but don’t forget the new, mashed potato. And like previous Google Home speakers, it probably will , also. Whenever you set up a new Google Home speaker, the Google Assistant may be attacking you with suggestions. .