The current dominance of Google Assistant is mainly due to Google flooding the market with Home Minis that is very inexpensive and even free. Two years later, at Made by Google 2019, the smart speaker will see a second generation with the Nest Mini.
It is the first smart speaker launched at I / O 2019 in May under the single smart home brand “Google Nest.” Similar to the scaled-up Nest Hub Max, Google sticks to the same design that made the original Mini a success.
Thanks to its fabric-covered top where four indicator lights are mounted, this second-generation assistant device is still puck-shaped and exudes a homey feeling. As before, near the power port there is a physical switch to disable far-field microphones with orange dots that also provide confirmation.
The Google Nest Mini is now wall mountable, reflecting third-party solutions that appeared after the release of the first generation. A groove on the flat underside enables the speaker to hang on a nail and is suitable for rooms or halls without free table space. When the power cable is pointing down, the Home app will flip volume controls and LEDs (so dots are rising).
The left and right sides can be tapped to change volume, while when you actually approach it, the Nest Mini now lights up with the current sound level. When it comes to audio there’s a louder speaker outputing the bass twice.
Other specs include Bluetooth 5.0 (a 4.1 upgrade) and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as a barrel power plug rather than microUSB. Three far-field microphones are now available, and a dedicated machine learning chip that works locally on device. Google is touts how the result will be quicker for Nest Mini and Assistant.
The Nest Mini is made from partly recycled materials, as Google promised earlier this year. Again this year, Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral as well as Sky (blue) to replace Aqua are among the colors. The underside shade usually suits the bottom half of plastic but for a bit of whimsy the groove is accented.
Google Made keeps the same $49 price point as the original for the Nest Mini. It will be available in 23 countries with pre-orders open today on October 22.