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Google’s new Nest Mini is all about the bass


Nest Mini

Google's smallest smart speaker returns with a serious bass boost.

Google's speaker ambitions cover everything from smart displays through to quite serious large smart speakers, but there's little doubt that the search giant's most popular device is also its smallest: The Nest Mini, the device formerly known as the Google Home Mini speaker.

At the launch of the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL, Google also announced a 2nd generation of the Nest Mini, with a boost in audio capabilities and a new colour variant.

The speaker in the Nest Mini has never been a music powerhouse, but Google is seeking to change that, claiming that the new Nest Mini has double the bass output of its predecessor. It's still unlikely to rock the house to its foundations, but it might just do the job if you're putting it in a smaller room or office and just want some simple podcast playback action.

Google has also improved its ability to sense when you're coming near, lighting up LEDs on the Nest Mini to make it clear where you need to tap to silence it or adjust volume. It's also now possible to wall mount the Nest Mini if that suits your needs or home decor style.

As it's a smart speaker, it's also fully compatible with the Google Assistant for controlling any compatible smart home devices, just as the original versions were.

The Google Nest Mini will go on sale in Australia for $79 from 29 October 2019 in Chalk, Charcoal and Coral finishes, along with a new "Sky" variant colour.

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