According to an anonymous source speaking with 9to5Google, by the end of this year, we could see a Google Nest Mini, a.k.a. a Google Home Mini 2. The upgraded device will have some nifty new features included.
The new name lines up with the previous rebrand of the Google Home Hub, which is now known as the Google Nest Hub. It makes sense that the next Mini will have the new Google Nest Mini moniker, and it’s a good bet we’ll eventually see a Google Nest and a Google Nest Max.
According to the anonymous source, the most notable upgrade for the new Nest Mini will be the addition of an aux jack for either connecting headphones or speakers, connecting a different input method (such as a microphone), or both. If this is the case, it would be a welcome upgrade because the Google Home Mini doesn’t have the greatest sound, so using it to control a better-sounding speaker would be great.
However, the source also says that the Google Nest Mini will have superior sound quality as compared to the original Home Mini. In that case, we’ll need to see if attaching a new speaker will even be necessary (but it most likely will be).
The Google Nest Mini could have an aux jack, a built-in mount, a proximity sensor, and better sound quality.
Additionally, the Nest Mini could come with a simple way to mount it on the wall. You can buy wall mounts for the current Home Mini from various retailers (including Google itself), but if the wall mount comes built-in to the Nest Mini, that’s a sweet upgrade.
Finally, the Nest Mini could have some way of being aware when you are near it. The current Mini uses its microphone to hear sounds but the next-gen Mini could have an additional sensor to help augment that ability.
Other than these new features, the Nest Mini won’t look drastically different from the current generation Mini. It could be slightly larger, but the overall look will be largely the same.
It’s a good bet that we will see the Google Nest Mini launch alongside the Google Pixel 4 at the expected Made by Google event in October.
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August 21, 2019 at 12:14PM