The Google Home was recently given “No longer available” status in the Google Store, and now details on a new Google-made smart speaker have leaked out.
Google is reportedly developing a new smart speaker codenamed “Prince”. Sources speaking to 9to5Google suggest that this device will look “unassuming and familiar” and that it’ll fit in with the fabric-covered design of Google’s other smart speakers.
This new speaker is said to be similar to a Sonos One, which could mean improved sound with larger speaker drivers compared to the original Google Home. Unsurprisingly, Google Assistant is expected to be on board of this new device, and stereo speaker pairing could make the cut as well.
Today’s report says that the new speaker will include Nest branding, which isn’t a surprise since Google’s new Nest Mini smart speaker plus its Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max smart displays have it, too. There’s no word on when the new speaker might launch, how much it’ll cost, or what its final name might be, though.
The original Google Home launched in 2016 and so lately we’ve been waiting for a new model to be announced. Now that the Google Home is no longer available for purchase from Google, it makes sense that we’re starting to hear about a refreshed smart speaker that can slot in-between the low-cost Nest Mini and high-end Google Home Max and offer improved sound compared to the original Google Home.
Sonos speakers are known for their audio quality, and so if this new Google speaker is similar to a Sonos One, we’re definitely looking forward to hearing what kind of audio it can churn out. Does this upcoming Google smart speaker interest you?
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