Google Nest Speaker, Interactive Media Streaming Device

Google Home fans, get ready. You’re looking at the entirely new Nest-branded smart speaker headed to you for 2020.

Google Nest Speaker, Interactive Media Streaming Device

After being spotted at the FCC with the name GXCA6, Android Police and the others got hold of the official Google photo. Google has independently confirmed with CNET that this is indeed a future Google device.

Unfortunately, the FCC filing does not have many details and Google didn’t provide us with any specifics, so every thing below is speculation from regulatory documents. The timing makes sense — remember, we got a new Nest Mini last year, with sound improvements and other incremental updates.

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The speaker involved has also been documented with a Japanese regulator, spotted by Twitter account Android TV Guide, and that database supplies a few more hints at only what we might be getting.

What is this new Google device?

The speaker is known as an “interactive media streaming device,” which appears like a fancy way of saying “smart speaker.” Included file photos show it has the familiar fabric covering of past speakers, but a much different profile. This fabric wraps completely around the device, suggesting that it might stand vertically when in use — Google’s official photo corroborates that, too.

In the tweet, a photo beside a ruler indicates that the speaker is about 8.7 inches (220mm) long, which makes it quite tall for the smart speaker line, and about 5.9 inches (150mm) wide.

Documentation also confirms that you will see Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, and a 30-watt DC power supply. There’s still no apparent USB-C port or auxiliary input. Other features are familiar, like the silicone base and the G logo halfway up the trunk of the speaker. A mute switch is also visible in the photos.

How does it fit into the Google Nest lineup?

It’s been four years since the first Google Home smart speaker, and we’ve seen several since that time, including the Home Mini, Nest Mini and Home Max, as well as the emergence of smart displays such as for example the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. We’re also expecting an Android TELEVISION dongle from Google this year, reportedly code-named Sabrina.

When will this new Google Nest carry on sale?

We don’t possess specifics, but we can piece together some clues. In addition to the official Google photo up top, Google also offered up this sneak peek of “what the Nest team is working on from home.” Check it out:

Ordinarily, we could expect you’ll see a new speaker at Google’s annual I/O developer conference, an average of held in May. Since it was canceled due to the coronavirus, it’s anyone’s guess when Google launches the new speaker. The fact that the official marketing photo exists suggests we could easily get more details soon, perhaps by having an official announcement in the fall, when we also expect Android 11 for phones.

How much could Google’s new Nest Home cost?

Our educated guess is this could be one of the most expensive Google speakers, considering its size. The Nest Mini retails for $49 (although Googles regularly discounts the diminutive smart speaker, and businesses like Spotify often give it away for free with reasonably limited subscription), so we are expecting it’ll cost more than that. The original Googles Home speaker is no longer offered by the Google Store, however when it was it retailed for $99 (although it, too, could sporadically be had at a discount).

It’s most likely not much of a leap to assume this new speaker is designed to replace the first, so we’d be amazed if Google set it too far faraway from that $99 price point however, not at the amount of the Nest Hub Max, which has a screen and retails for $229.

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