The, and even , was announced Wednesday at the company’s . It’s the successor to the Google Home smart speaker, the very first speaker the search giant launched in 2016.
Here’s a quick rundown of what we learned today:
- Priced at $100 (£90, AU$149)
- Five colors: Chalk, charcoal, sand, sky and sage
- Designed with 70% sustainable materials
- 19mm tweeter for high frequency coverage and clear vocals
- 75mm midwoofer for better bass
Google says the Nest Audio is 75% louder with a 50% stronger bass than the original Google Home.
When it comes to features, the Nest Audio keeps up with all the latest Google updates like, voice calling with and stream transfer for moving sound from speaker to speaker via voice commands.
Beyond a new design and improved sound, there aren’t any particularly special tricks up the sleeve of the Nest Audio as far as we can tell today.
The smallercompetes with , the lines up in size and price with the , and smart display takes on . We’re now set for a new duel between the announced last week and the Nest Audio.
Google is wise to update its standard smart speaker, especially since Amazon just did the same. The $100 (£90, AU$149) price makes it affordable, and we’ll likely see deals and sales similar to smart speakers of the past. Nest Audio is available starting Oct. 5 in 21 countries.
When it comes to smart speakers, Amazon still dominates the market. Through the end of the year, the e-commerce giant’s Echo devices will own almost 70% of the smart speaker market globally. Google’s smart speakers will hold almost 32%, eMarketer estimates. (It adds up to more than 100% because some people have more than one brand of smart speaker.)
Stay tuned to CNET.com for our full review of the Nest Audio and further coverage of, including the and a new streaming device.