Alongside the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google has announced the Google Nest Mini – an update to the brand’s smallest and cheapest Home Mini smart speaker. It might have a new name, but what else has been updated here?
Like the Nest Hub before it, Google has removed the Home branding from its entire line of products, replacing it with Nest. This product is essentially the Home Mini 2 and it looks virtually identical to its predecessor, right down to the fabric-covered pebble style. There are, however, lots of improvements.
Google Nest Mini – Price and release date
The Google Nest Mini will cost the same £49 as the Home Mini. It’ll also cost $49 in the USA. You’ll be able to buy it from places like the Google Store, PC World and Argos from October 22.
Google Nest Mini – Sound and Google Assistant
During my short time with the Nest Mini the obvious difference was the improved audio quality. The previous Home Mini was pretty poor in this area, with rather tinny audio and minimal bass. Google told me this time it has increased the bass ‘by 40%’ and it’s really noticeable. Even with the added oomph this is still probably a speaker more suited to podcasts and the like, rather than replacing something like a dedicated Bluetooth speaker or a Sonos One.
Interactions with the Google Assistant sound good and there’s now a third microphone for better understanding. A new software trick also enables you to easily pass music off from one Google speaker to another.
Google Nest Mini – Design
Even though the Nest Mini looks just like the Home Mini, there are some differences. The LEDs on the top now light up when you move close and act as volume controls. The body is now made from 35% recycled fabric with the top made from 100% recycled fabric – which is great to see.
The new Nest Mini can be wall-mounted too, which is helpful if you want to hide it away.
Like the Home Mini, the Nest Mini looks like it’ll once again be a strong buy and a great entry into smart home tech.