The Nest Mini is Google’s puck-sized smart speaker for 2019. It is a cautious upgrade over the Home Mini of 2017, adding upgraded internals and greater communication options. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Nest Mini.
Despite Amazon having a stranglehold on the smart home market, the proficiency of the Google Assistant has lead many to opt for the company behind the world’s most popular search engine.
When is the Nest Mini release date?
Unveiled by Google at its 15 October keynote, the Nest Mini is available to pre-order now. An official release date has been set for 22 October.
How much does the Nest Mini cost?
As with 2017’s Home Mini, the Google Nest Mini will be available for £49/$49. This puts it in line with Amazon’s Echo Dot, its primary competitor for budget smart home devices.
What’s new with the Google Nest Mini?
The only design change of note is the included wall mount on the back of the device, which allows for greater flexibility in terms of positioning.
Besides this, the main upgrades are under the hood. The sound quality has received a boost, Google claiming a richer and more natural sound with twice the bass of the Home Mini. A third microphone has also been added, meaning the Nest Mini shouldn’t have a problem understanding you in noisy environments.
The Nest Mini now includes a dedicated machine learning chip, meaning it better at understanding individual usage habits by learning frequent commands. Volume controls will be illuminated if music is playing, while a simple tap on the top of the device will activate play/pause functionality.
A new intercom feature has been added across the Nest range, allowing you to easily communicate between them, as well as interact via your phone. Google Nest devices will now be able to use Google Duo to make and receive calls via Google Duo, provided you’re both using the company’s calling software.
There is also a new colour to add to the mix, called Sky. This adds to the existing options for the previous model, all of which return: Chalk, Charcoal and Coral (pictured).
The fabric top of the Nest Mini is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, while the external enclosure has been manufactured with at least 35% post-consumer recycled plastic. You’re unlikely to notice a difference, but increased sustainability without compromising on quality will always be a good thing.