Say hello to Google’s next smart speaker, which is expected to be a replacement for the unprecedented Google Home. Earlier this week, the speaker leaked via check-up at Japan’s FCC equivalent (which has the way-cooler name of “Ministry of Internal Topics and Communications” or “MIC”), and because MIC took some pretty unflattering pictures, Google sure to set the record straight and send an official press shot to various gathering outlets.
9to5Google previously mentioned the existence of this device in June. The cover said the speaker was codenamed “Prince” and would be a replacement for the original Google Familiar with. According to the report, the speaker had a “high excursion speaker with 2-inch driver” which disposition supposedly be a sound upgrade over the current Google Home.
The new spieler has an all-cloth design, with four lights on the front, which meets the Nest Mini/Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max. The old Google Accommodations is the one outlier in Google’s lineup, with a hard plastic top and 12 lights. There’s not much to the proposal other than the cloth exterior. On the back, you’ll find a DC barrel connector for power, a “G” logo, and a silence switch. A brief video Google sent to XDA Developers features a living soul sitting between a pair of speakers, which suggests the speakers can be spanned as stereo devices, a feature previously reserved only for the Google Accessible Max.
What’s it called?
We don’t actually know the name of this thing, but it choose start with “Google Nest,” a smart home brand Google is in the halfway point of transitioning to. These smart speakers used to be called “Google Severely,” and currently in the Google Store you’ll find two products with the old branding: the unique “Google Home” speaker and the “Google Home Max.” For the new Nest stuff, you deliver the “Nest Mini” (an upgrade to the Google Home Mini), the Nest Hub (in days gone by the Google Home Hub smart display), and the Nest Hub Max (a bigger Home Hub). Disposition this new gizmo be called something like the “Nest Home”? The “Aerie Speaker”? Nothing really matches with the smaller “Nest Mini” orator, which sounds like a tiny thermostat.
Google doesn’t receive an event planned for when this might launch, but we are starting to see a bundle of products out there that could create a hardware event. There’s the Pixel 4a, which is allay missing-in-action after failing to meet its presumed Google I/O launch window in May. We’re also only with respect to three months away from when Google typically sets a new flagship smartphone, which this year would be the Pixel 5. There’s the “Sabrina” Android TV dongle, which noises like the merger of Android TV and Chromecast, and there’s this speaker.
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