This September 30th, Google finally presented the Pixel 5 at an online event. In addition to its high-end smartphone, Mountain View presented a new Chromecast and a new speaker called Nest Audio.
Nest Audio is considered the successor to Google Home, the first speaker Google launched in 2016. However, if the two products belong to the same product line, they have nothing to do with it. First, Google came up with an entirely new design, abandoning the cylindrical shape of Google Home in favor of a flattened shape. Like other Google speakers, Nest Audio is covered in fabric.
Nest Audio also offers significantly higher audio quality. “Nest Audio is 75% louder and has 50% more bass than the original Google Home. The measurements of the two devices were carried out in an anechoic chamber with maximum volume in the axis. With a 19mm tweeter for even high frequency coverage and clear vocals, plus a 75mm midrange that really brings in the bass, this smart speaker is a music lover’s dream. “, explains Mark Spates, Product Manager at Google Nest.
The Nest team reportedly spent 500 hours tuning this new speaker to ensure a good balance between bass, midrange and treble. And Google also went out of their way to ensure that the sounds are hardly changed during processing.
On the other hand, the device will automatically adjust its settings based on the type of content or genre that is being listened to. Another feature called “Abient IQ” also detects volume levels based on the noise of the user environment so that the user can hear the sound from the speaker correctly.
The successor to Google Home will be available in October
And the Google Assistant should be faster on the Nest Audio, too. In fact, Google has built in a machine learning chip that allows certain processing to be performed on the device but not on the company’s servers. In the US, on the other hand, this chip stores the most common requests related to music in order to do local processing and respond twice as quickly.
For the home automation part, Nest Audio can act as a hub for other connected devices in the house. If you have two Nest Audio devices in your home, you can pair them together to create a stereo. In addition, the Stream Transfer feature allows you to move playback from one location to another with a simple voice prompt using the wizard.
For example, if you move into the kitchen from your living room, you can ask the assistant to continue listening to an album or podcast from the living room speakers to the kitchen speakers.
And while the Google Home was $ 149 when it launched, the Nest Audio was only $ 99. The new speaker from Google will be available in five colors from October.