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Google announces its Nest Mini smart speaker

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The Google Home Mini rebrand

Google is changing the name of its Google Home Mini and integrating it into its Nest line of products. Announced today, the Nest Mini is an upgrade to 2017’s Google Home Mini. The Nest Mini looks nearly identical to the Google Home Mini, except it comes with improved speakers and an included wall mount. It’ll come in four colors: black, light gray, coral, and light blue.

Google’s particularly marketing the Nest Mini as an audio device. The company says the bass is twice as strong as the original Google Home Mini for more natural sound. If you’re listening to audio content, the speaker will light up when you place your hand close to the device for volume adjustment. It can also pair with other Nest speakers to create a larger sound system. This means people can make Google Duo calls through the Google Home app or use other Nest speakers as intercoms.

The company says the Nest Mini also now includes a third microphone that’ll help in noisy environments, and it features a dedicated machine learning chip that allows Google Assistant features to run faster and on the device itself.

It’ll cost $49, and the preorder is live today. It’ll go on sale on October 22nd and will be available in 23 countries. Retailers include Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

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