Published: Sat, August 24, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Nest Mini: Google lining up wall-mountable smart speaker for fall launch

Nest Mini: Google lining up wall-mountable smart speaker for fall launch

Google is planning a sequel to its popular Home Mini smart speaker later this year, 9to5Mac reports.

The update will include a more powerful speaker, which is a relief given the Home Mini's anemic bass; its quality was handily supplanted by the third-generation Echo Dot previous year. According to the publication's sources, the Nest Mini will have an improved sound capable of more volume and bass.

It's still not going to offer the wider range of features and options that the full-sized Home does, but the renaming and revamping suggests that it's going to have more going on than it previously has. The first big upgrade is the inclusion of a built-in wall mount, though that could mean that the new smart speaker will simply have a groove on the back so you can hang it like a picture frame.

Google is said to have plans to upgrade its Home Mini smart speaker by launching a new Nest Mini with a wall mount design. According to 9to5Google, a second-generation "Nest Mini" is planned, which will bring better audio quality, wall-mounting, "proximity awareness", and a 3.5mm jack - a feature even the hotly anticipated Pixel 4 doesn't have.

Citing a reliable source, 9to5Google reports that the Google Home will be aligned to the Nest rebrand, just like the Nest Home Max earlier this year.

Unlike Google Home Mini, the Google Nest Mini will ship with a 3.5mm headphone port. With its successor, the Nest Mini on the horizon it's not surprising to see clearances on the Home Mini start to appear.

Google is expected to host its Made By Google event in October where the Nest Mini is expected to make its entrance. There are speculations that this will allow users to connect the speaker to external speakers with better audio quality.

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