Google has officially announced the new Nest Audio smart speaker, the newest in its line of smart speakers powered by Google Assistant Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home from 2016 as a Google smart speaker, placed above the Nest Mini and below the Nest Max in the composition. It costs $ 99.99 and will be available from October 5 in 21 countries. You can order it right now.
Unlike Google Home’s air freshening aesthetics, Nest Audio’s soft rounded corners and vaguely rectangular shape are more reminiscent of bread standing on end. Like the Nest Mini, it is completely wrapped in fabric, which you can get in several different colors. Like the other Nest speakers, the fabric has four built-in color LEDs that light up when the speaker hears or responds to a voice command. You can choose between dark gray, light gray, green, pink or blue options.
In addition to the new design and improved sound, Nest Audio does everything other Google Assistant speakers do: play music, control smart home devices, tell you the weather, and more. You can pair multiple units in stereo or other configurations for audio settings in many rooms.
Google claims that Nest Audio is 75 percent stronger than Google Home, which it replaces, and has a 50 percent stronger bass response. Its body is made of 70 percent recycled plastic. It is equipped with a 19 mm tweet and a 75 mm midrange speaker.
Google’s main competitor here is Amazon, which has just upgraded its popular Echo smart speakers. Nest Audio goes directly with the standard Echo, which also retails for $ 99. The main differences are the design – the Echo is now a sphere compared to Google’s lavish rectangle – and the voice assistant that drives them, Google Assistant for Nest and Alexa for Echo. We’ll have to wait until we can compare them together to determine which speaker sounds better.