Google to launch the Nest Mini, report says

Google to launch the Nest Mini, report says

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. One exciting new feature is rumoured to be "proximity awareness". 9to5Google's source says the second-generation Home Mini (Nest Mini) will produce better sound with higher volume and better bass.

The new name lines up with the previous rebrand of the Google Home Hub, which is now known as the Google Nest Hub.

In 2017, Google launched a small, relatively low-cost smart speaker called the Google Home Mini. I don't know about you, but if this new Nest Mini does come with a built-in wall mount, I'll pick up a few to mount around the house.

We'd love this to be a full Soli sensor allowing hand gesture control for the Nest Mini but it more likely to be a sensor to overcome the input control issues that the original Home Minis experienced.

Google reportedly plans to improve upon both of those features by launching the Nest Mini with a built-in wall mount and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The report suggests that the Nest Mini will launch this fall, and we're expecting that to mean that it will launch at the Made by Google event in October, where the company will also announce the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

Proximity awareness makes sense on smart displays because it enables the screen to automatically turn on as the user moves near to it. Price is unclear at this time, but is expected to remain relatively low to maintain the model's entry-level status. The current Mini uses its microphone to hear sounds but the next-gen Mini could have an additional sensor to help augment that ability.

The Nest Mini is also said to come in new color variants different from those of the Home Mini. It could be slightly larger, but the overall look will be largely the same.



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