At the Made By Google 2019 event, the search giant unveiled a lot of new products, including the Pixel 4, the Pixel 4 XL, PixelBook, Nest Mini (2nd Gen.), Nest WiFi (2nd Gen.), and second-generation Pixel Buds.
The Nest Mini is a successor to the Google Home Mini and comes with better audio quality, improved voice recognition, an IR sensor, and includes a hole that lets you hang the Nest Mini on a hook. The Nest WiFi is a mesh Wi-Fi router system that comes with faster performance and wider coverage. Plus, the ‘Point’ satellite device in the mesh Wi-Fi system comes with a built-in Google Home. Google’s second-generation Pixel Buds are completely wireless Bluetooth earbuds that have a long wireless range, always-on ‘Hey, Google’ detection, and live Google Translate feature.
Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen.) Features, Pricing, Availability
The Nest Mini, which costs $49, looks almost similar to the Google Home Mini but now comes in four colors: Chalk, Charcoal, Coral, and Sky. The top of the Nest Mini is made using a fabric that’s 100% recycled plastic, while the external enclosure is made using at least 35% post-consumer recycled plastic. It’s a smart speaker with a built-in Google Assistant and a smart home hub with voice commands. There are capacitive buttons, a microphone mute switch for privacy, and an ultrasonic sensor so that it can tell where your hands get near.
It has a 40mm driver for 360-degree sound and three far-field microphones for voice recognition and Voice Match. The company claims that the Nest Mini has 40% stronger bass than the Home Mini, thanks to a better driver and machine learning. There are capacitive touch controls, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and Google Cast. There’s also a hole on the Nest Mini’s bottom that can be used to hang on the wall via a hook. It is priced at
Google Nest WiFi (2nd Gen.) Features, Pricing, Availability
The Google Nest WiFi is the company’s second-generation Wi-Fi router. It’s a mesh Wi-Fi router system with the main router connecting to the modem and has an ethernet port. The Point satellite router features a built-in smart speaker so that it answers your questions after ‘Okay, Google’ detection.
The router costs $169 and can cover up to 2,200 square feet of home area with a Wi-Fi signal. The two-pack (one router and one satellite) Nest WiFi costs $269 and can cover 3,800 square feet of area. The three-pack (one router and two satellites) Nest WiFi costs $349 and covers 5,400 square feet of area.
The WiFi router features AC2200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, quad-core 1.4GHz 64-bit ARM CPU, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, two gigabit ethernet ports, WPA3 encryption, automatic security updates, Bluetooth LE connectivity. The router supports both daisy chain and star configurations for a mesh Wi-Fi network. The Point satellite system features a 40mm audio driver and a microphone for a built-in Google Assistant. There’s dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac (AC1200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi), Bluetooth 5.0, far-field microphones, capacitive touch buttons, 768MB RAM, and 512MB storage. The Point satellite device comes in three colors – Mist, Sand, and Snow – but the router is only available in Snow.
Google Pixel Buds 2 Features, Pricing, Availability
The newer Pixel Buds cost $179 and are successors to the original Pixel Buds that were released in 2017. The second-generation Pixel Buds are completely wireless, have an in-ear canal design, and are based on the Bluetooth 5.0 protocol. They have an AirPods-like case that can hold an additional charge to make them last 24 hours on a full charge via a USB Type-C port. The buds themselves last five hours on a single charge. There’s no support for AAC or aptX Bluetooth audio codecs, but the company has worked on extending the wireless range: up to three rooms away or up to a football field away, Google claims.
They can be paired with a single tap with devices running Android 6.0 (or upwards). However, they also work with devices like other smartphones and PCs featuring Bluetooth 4.0 (or upwards), but not on a single tap. The company says that its “intricate origami” approach towards the Pixel Buds design process made it possible for it to fit a crazy amount of tech into its small body. The Pixel Buds fit easily into most ears and sit aflush as opposed to many other completely wireless earbuds. They are also water splash and sweat resistant.
The adaptive sound system scans for ambient audio to raise or lower volume based on the environment you’re in. While making calls, microphones in both earbuds work in tandem with the accelerometer to detect speech via jaw vibration. The new Pixel Buds will be available in the US and some other important markets in four colors: Almost Black, Clearly White, Oh So Orange, and Quite Mint.