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Google’s Nest Audio speaker revealed early by Walmart

One of the products Google is expected to unveil at its September 30th event is a Nest Audio speaker. You don’t have to wait until that day to confirm that it does indeed have a Nest branding and to see what its packaging looks like, though: Twitter user Marcos Frausto has posted photos of the device’s box, which was prematurely displayed in a Walmart. As 9to5Google notes, the box, which looks like most Made by Google product packaging, confirms that the product is named Nest Audio. This leak comes after Google itself gave the publication an official photo of the speaker and after WinFuture found renders of the device in white and charcoal. Clearly, the tech giant doesn’t have a lot of secrets to divulge about the speaker on the 30th anymore. Looks like walmart jumped the gun on the unreleased speaker from google. @Google @Walmart @madebygoogle #NestAudio #GoogleNest #Leak #HeyGoogle @MKBHD pic.twitter.com/aUrExg0Cwx — Marcos Frausto (@SweetDaddy69) September 24, 2020 While the Walmart display didn’t a put a price on the product, WinFuture’s Roland Quandt unearthed a Lowe’s product listing that put its price at $100. As of this writing, the page still exists complete with a description for the speaker, but it doesn’t show how much the device is anymore. Part of the description reads: Source linkContinue readingGoogle’s Nest Audio speaker revealed early by Walmart

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Amazon Echo Dot vs Google Nest Mini: which compact smart speaker is best for you?

The best smart speakers of 2020 are hard-working gadgets, giving you access to your favorite music and clever voice assistants, and allowing you to control your smart home devices with your voice alone.  Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Nest (née Home) line of speakers dominate the smart home market – and the companies’ smallest wireless speakers are among their most popular.  Now in its third generation, the Amazon Echo Dot was first launched in 2016 – and since then, it’s seen multiple upgrades that has ensured its place as the company’s best-selling speaker of all time.  Its biggest competitor is the Google Nest Mini, which was launched in 2019 as the successor to the tech giant’s hugely successful Home Mini speaker.  The Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) and the Google Nest Mini are both great choices if you want smart home connectivity at a low price, without the bulk of larger models like the Echo Studio and the Google Home Hub. Due to their small builds, neither speaker offers an outstanding audio performance, and are better suited as desk buddies rather than your only music-playing wireless speaker. Even so, the Echo Dot and the Nest Mini both have access to all the music streaming services you could want if you do feel like playing some tunes.  Perhaps the biggest draw of the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) and the Google Nest Mini is their low prices; at launch, both speakers cost $49.99 / £49.99 / AU$79, and that price is often…Continue readingAmazon Echo Dot vs Google Nest Mini: which compact smart speaker is best for you?

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New leaks reveal the Google Nest Audio speaker design and price

It’s turning out to be a great day for those of you who love a Google-related leak: having already seen details of the upcoming Google Chromecast dongle appear, we’ve now got unofficial and unconfirmed information about Google’s next smart speaker. It’s apparently going to be called the Nest Audio, and we’re once again indebted to WinFuture for the leaked pictures. You can see both the front and back of the device, in Charcoal and Chalk colors, in the gallery we’ve embedded below. Android Police has also chipped in to say the Nest speaker is likely to cost around $100 when it appears in the US, which would fit in with the €100 figure that we’d previously heard. That might mean a price point of £100 or less in the UK. Google confirmed the existence of the device after the first batch of leaks and rumors hit the web, but it hasn’t offered up much in the way of detail. We do, however, know that there’s a Google launch event happening on September 30. Image 1 of 4 (Image credit: WinFuture/@rqaundt) Image 2 of 4 (Image credit: WinFuture/@rqaundt) Image 3 of 4 (Image credit: WinFuture/@rqaundt) Image 4 of 4 (Image credit: WinFuture/@rqaundt) From what we’ve heard so far, Charcoal, Chalk, Sage, Sand and Sky are going to be the five color names for the Nest Audio – though they might not all be available in all of the different markets that the Nest Audio launches in. The speaker is expected to…Continue readingNew leaks reveal the Google Nest Audio speaker design and price

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Next Google Nest thermostat might support motion control, like Pixel 4

Folks who like to use Google technology to regulate the temperature in their homes might have a strange new way to do that soon. Droid-Life spotted an FCC filing that appears to be for a new Nest Thermostat. There isn’t a ton to glean from this, as the filing only tells us that it supports WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 60Hz radar. That last bit is important, though, because it means the new Nest Thermostat might support the same motion gesture controls that 2019’s Pixel 4 smartphone supported. In case you didn’t see this at the time, the Pixel 4 had a small sensor near the top of the phone that would read your hand movements without you actually touching the phone. You could swipe to skip songs in Spotify or snooze your alarm in the morning. As I noted in the review last year, the only problem is that it didn’t consistently work and didn’t always feel especially useful. It also might have contributed to the Pixel 4’s below-average battery life. The more recent Pixel 4a phone nixed the motion gestures entirely and, in conjunction with a bigger battery, lasted a whole lot longer on a single charge. Google could potentially improve on that and make it feel more natural and necessary for a Nest Thermostat. Maybe you could swipe left and right to increase or decrease the temperature as you idly walk by the thermostat on the wall.  We don’t know when we’ll get official confirmation of the new…Continue readingNext Google Nest thermostat might support motion control, like Pixel 4

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Google Nest and Eero’s mesh Wi-Fi systems are steeply discounted

A mesh Wi-Fi system is one of the best investments you can make during a time when most of us are stuck at home due to the pandemic. It can help you get more out of the internet that you pay for. Luckily for you, some of the best options are on sale today — and both are known for being very easy to set up. Eero’s three-pack of mesh Wi-Fi beacons, pictured above, are $200 (normally $250) at Best Buy and Amazon. Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge If you want something a little faster and more capable, Google’s Nest Wifi router and Point combination come in a two-pack for $200 at Best Buy, as well (usually $269). The Point that is included with that bundle doubles as a smart speaker, which is handy, but it lacks the Ethernet port that the Nest Wifi router has. If that’s a deal-breaker, I suggest spending $239 on Google’s two-pack of Nest Wifi routers at Amazon (normally $299). With it, you’ll get even faster speeds than if you bought the bundle that comes with the Point, since each router has its own Ethernet port. Several popular (and excellent) games for the Nintendo Switch are discounted at Amazon and Best Buy. Granted, it’s just $10, or slightly more, off for the physical versions, but I consider these all to be must-own games if you’re building out your catalog of Switch games. Image: Nintendo Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge If you’re…Continue readingGoogle Nest and Eero’s mesh Wi-Fi systems are steeply discounted

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The best deals we found this week: Nest WiFi, Sony wireless earbuds and more

Buy Nest WiFi (2-pack) at Best Buy – $199 Buy Nest WiFi (2-pack) w/ accessories at BuyDig – $199 Buy Nest WiFi (2-pack) at B&H Photo – $199 Sony true wireless earbuds Billy Steele/Engadget Two of our favorite true wireless earbuds from Sony remain on sale: the WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds are on sale for $170 at Best Buy and Amazon, and the new Sony WF-SP800Ns are down to $150 at Best Buy and Amazon, too. The WF-1000XM3s (score: 89) hold the top spot as our favorite wireless earbuds right now thanks to their solid ANC, great audio quality, good wireless connection and their six to eight hours of battery life. The WF-SP800Ns (88) are a bit sportier as they offer more sweat resistance than the other earbuds, and they also have good sound quality and ANC capabilities. Buy Sony WF-1000XM3 at Best Buy – $170 Buy Sony WF-1000XM3 at Amazon – $170 Buy Sony WF-SP800N at Best Buy – $150 Buy Sony WF-SP800N at Amazon – $150 CalDigit TS3 Plus docking station CalDigit A docking station can help you make your new work-from-home space more efficient. CalDigit’s TS3 Plus has basically every port you’d ever need and it’s on sale for $210 right now. Its 15-port array includes five USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, a dual-bandwidth DisplayPort, an SD card slot and more. It even includes a couple of Thunderbolt 3 ports as well. Not only can you connect up to two displays at once along with any other accessories you need to use daily,…Continue readingThe best deals we found this week: Nest WiFi, Sony wireless earbuds and more

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Google invests in ADT to push Nest towards home security

Later on, ADT will borrow Google’s tech to enhance its own capabilities. “Over time, Nest’s devices, powered by Google’s machine learning capabilities, will enhance ADT’s security monitoring,” Google said. “The goal is to give customers fewer false alarms, more ways to receive alarm events and better detection of potential incidents inside and around the home.” The AI capabilities will also provide more helpful notifications, according to Google, for things like package delivery detection. ADT security customers will also gain access to Nest Aware, which tracks people coming and going into your home, with intelligent alerts and an event history up to 30 days long. Google has a wide range of Nest home automation and security products, including the Nest Hub Max, Nest Secure Alarm, Nest indoor and outdoor cameras, the Nest X Yale lock and Nest thermostats and temperature sensors. However, those products can be tricky to install and understand for non-technical folks. With ADT, it would get a professional sales and installation network, while ADT will gain access to Google’s product lineup and deep learning expertise. Source linkContinue readingGoogle invests in ADT to push Nest towards home security

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Google Nest Hub Max update adds a ton of new games

Google has added a slew of party games like Jeopardy! and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? for the Nest Hub Max and other smart displays. The games are part of a new update for Google Assistant rolled out to the public on Thursday and accessible by saying the phrase, “Hey Google, let’s play a game”. Besides the game show staples, you can find the mobile phone phenomenon Trivia Crack and Escape the Room, alongside Dustin from Stranger Things, a spin-off game from Netflix. So why is Google releasing games on its Nest Hub Max and other smart displays? They help demonstrate Google Assistant’s new Continuous Match mode that allows you to have an on-going conversation with the assistant – and most have a freemium model that asks you to buy in-game items for a few bucks, so there’s a financial incentive too. Admittedly, not all the new games are great and can be a bit rough around the edges, but Google says they’re just the first of many more games expected to arrive by the end of the year.  Now can we get Stadia on our Nest Hub Max? These mobile games are entertaining for a few minutes at a time, but wouldn’t it be nice if Google enabled Stadia streaming on the Nest Hub Max? While Google has made no announcement as to when we’ll start seeing Stadia on more devices in the future, the service did just get a new feature a few days ago in the…Continue readingGoogle Nest Hub Max update adds a ton of new games

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Google to replace certain Nest thermostats that can’t connect to Wi-Fi

If you’re a Nest thermostat owner and you’ve been dealing with a “w5” error that prevents it from connecting to the internet, Google is willing to help. The company has acknowledged the existence of a hardware fault leading to the w5 error some Nest owners have encountered. And while it’s still not clear exactly what is causing the problem, Google will replace thermostats if the normal troubleshooting steps fail. The company confirmed as much in a statement provided to Android Police.  “This does not affect the thermostat’s ability to control the customer’s heating and cooling system in the home, but does impact the user’s ability to manage the thermostat remotely,” a part of the statement reads. “If a user sees this [w5] error and it can’t be resolved through troubleshooting, they are prompted to contact customer support for assistance and will be issued a replacement device.” There’s also a support page specifically for those running into a w5 error on their Nest thermostat. Google’s statement notes that only “a very small number” of users are affected by the issue, though a lengthy support thread dating back to Nov. 2019 and its 200+ replies suggests otherwise. If you’ve been running into connectivity issues with your Nest thermostat, you might want to check and see if this is the problem so you can get that replacement process started. Source linkContinue readingGoogle to replace certain Nest thermostats that can’t connect to Wi-Fi

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Google will replace Nest thermostats affected by ‘w5’ WiFi error

Google is very much aware that some Nest thermostats are suffering from a “w5 error” that prevents them from connecting to WiFi, according to Android Police. In a statement sent to the publication, the tech giant called the problem “a known issue” with the thermostats’ WiFi chip. It also promised to issue replacement devices if the error can’t be resolved through troubleshooting. Nest owners have been complaining about being unable to establish remote connection with their devices because of the w5 error since at least November 2019. In this Google Support thread, users reported that affected devices can’t detect WiFi networks at all and that soft, hard and factory resetting didn’t work. Some believe that the error means their WiFi chip is fried, and some said their issue started after installing a software update. Source linkContinue readingGoogle will replace Nest thermostats affected by ‘w5’ WiFi error