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Nest Audio: 7 things to know about Google’s new ‘Home’ speaker

The brand new Nest Audio replaces the unique Google Residence speaker.


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Google Residence welcomed a brand new member to the sensible speaker household this week, besides it is not referred to as “Google” or “Residence” in any respect. Nonetheless, the Nest Audio may be very a lot the next-generation full-size sensible speaker for on a regular basis use.

There’s loads we all know in regards to the fabric-coated gadget, and far we’ll nonetheless have to search out out — equivalent to whether or not the Nest Audio truly lives as much as the hype and the way it compares to the recently updated Amazon Echo. (If the Nest Audio’s specs are any indication, this could possibly be the Alexa-killer Google has been hoping for.)

We’ll stroll you thru crucial issues to be taught in regards to the Nest Audio’s value, colours, sale date and options. And we’ll clarify what the brand new title means for different Google Home ($99 at Walmart) and Nest units.

What’s Nest Audio and which Google speaker does it substitute?

Nest Audio replaces the unique Google Home however, regardless of the same title, it isn’t the successor to the Google Nest. Different Google sensible audio system you should buy at present embody the high-end Google Home Max, Nest Mini (previously Google Home Mini) and Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max sensible shows.

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How a lot does the Nest Audio value and when does it go on sale?

Proper now, the Google Store is taking Nest Audio preorders for $100 (£90, AU$149) however will knock off $20 for each two you purchase, making them $90 apiece. Google will begin delivery Nest Audio orders within the US, Canada and India on Oct. 5. The gadget will likely be out there at brick and mortar retailers and 21 international locations beginning Oct. 15. 

Which colours does Nest Audio are available?

You should purchase the Nest Audio in 5 pastel colours: chalk (white), charcoal (black), sage (inexperienced), sand (pink) and sky (blue). Curiously, Google touts that the fabric-like mesh materials enclosing the speaker is made from 70% recycled plastic.

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The Nest Audio is available in 5 colours and prices $99 apiece, or $89 every if you purchase units of two.


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What’s improved over the primary Google Residence?

The brand new Nest Audio replaces Google Residence’s single 2-inch speaker with a 3-inch woofer to manage bass and a three-quarter-inch tweeter for top notes. There’s additionally a quad-core processor as a substitute of the unique Google Residence’s dual-core processor, which ought to make response occasions sooner and assist create richer sound. 

As with final 12 months’s up to date Nest Mini ($50 at Best Buy), the Nest Audio has a devoted machine studying chip that performs on-device among the processing beforehand dealt with at Google’s cloud-based information facilities (translation: sooner responses, higher privateness). 

Additionally, moderately than trying like an air freshener or a miniature nuclear energy plant, Nest Audio is a little more loaf-like, which I personally discover to be an enchancment.

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The Nest Audio strikes yet one more Google Residence speaker underneath the Google Nest banner.


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Will all Google Residence audio system be Nest Audio now?

Amongst my Google Home pet peeves, clear branding is one which’s irked me many times. With a number of Nest-branded sensible audio system, it actually looks as if Google is embracing “Nest” as the brand new model title. Nonetheless, the corporate has additionally bounced forwards and backwards just a few occasions, complicated the matter. My guess is that Nest is right here to remain. 

Which cell app will Nest Audio use: Google Residence or Nest?

A part of the confusion surrounding the brand new title is which app you may use to manage Nest Audio out of your cellphone. There are two mobile apps — one for Nest, one for Google Residence — however the names of the units do not match as much as the apps. The Nest app directs the corporate’s sensible thermostat, smoke detector and cameras, however if you wish to arrange a Nest Mini or, presumably, Nest Audio, you may have to make use of the Google Residence app.

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Are there any new Google Assistant instructions?

If there are, Google did not announce them alongside the brand new Nest Audio sensible speaker. As a substitute, Google highlighted the audio system’ whole-home audio feature, which the corporate just lately updated with better controls. Moreover, Google devoted an excellent portion of its presentation to YouTube Music, which it says will likely be including some options within the coming weeks (presumably impartial of the Nest Audio launch).

It is simple to miss, however do not forget that the brand new Nest Audio is a full-fledged Bluetooth speaker, too. And like earlier Google Residence audio system, it will in all probability make a great speakerphone, as nicely. Anytime you arrange a brand new Google Residence speaker, Google Assistant might assail you with solutions. Here’s how to turn them off.

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Dale Smith