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Nest Mini review: No need to wait for a freebie, it's worth your $50

The original Home Mini was a home run, delivering Google's then-new Assistant experience with both a tiny package and price. That legacy leaves the Nest Mini with big (small?) shoes to fill, and this little Nest-branded smart speaker delivers, raising the bar when it comes to the entry-level Assistant experience. But, there's no reason to replace a house full of Home Minis just yet.

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[Update: 2x stronger bass] Google Nest Mini is official, with improved audio and wall mount hole for $49

Photos of Google's Home Mini update leaked out just yesterday, rather dampening the excitement for today's official announcement, but the Nest Mini is now official. As expected, it appears almost identical to the model originally released in 2017, except for a handy wall mount hole on the bottom. The price is a familiar $49 (£49/€59).

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New Nest Aware can use your smart speakers and displays to listen for smoke and CO alarms

When Google announced its revamped Nest Aware subscriptions yesterday during Made by Google 2019, it also demonstrated one rather unexpected addition that turns ordinary smoke and CO detectors into smart ones. Nest speakers and displays will be able to listen for alarms and alert you when they hear one go off while you're out and about.

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Nest Aware subscribers will be able to call 911 from their smart speakers and displays

One of the few surprises of yesterday's Made by Google event was the announcement of overhauled Nest Aware subscriptions, slated for early 2020. They'll include all Nest devices you own and utilize Nest speakers and displays as ears listening for smoke or CO alarms. All new plans will also have emergency calling, which allows you to dial 911 right from your smart home devices or route a call away from home to your residence's local emergency dispatcher.

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Google Nest Mini vs Home Mini: What's new?

Google's new Nest Mini, revealed at the company's Made By Google 2019 event, replaces the much-loved and nearly ubiquitous Home Mini. The older Assistant-powered speaker has been discounted and bundled with so many deals over the last couple of years, most of us probably have one on a shelf or side-table somewhere. So why is it worth your while to consider the newer model and its $49 price tag? We've got a few good reasons.

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Google Nest Mini speakers can be paired together for stereo sound

One of the long-running complaints about the Google Home Mini is the lack of stereo pairing, where one speaker could act as the left audio channel and another could be the right channel. Though Google hasn't widely publicized the feature, the updated Nest Mini apparently supports stereo pairing.

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Google Nest Mini restores capacitive play/pause controls disabled on Home Mini

The recently announced Nest Mini appears to be an improvement on its predecessor, the Google Home Mini, in almost every way. Audio quality, Assistant response time, and the inclusion of a wall-mounting slot are all welcome additions. One of the most exciting changes, however, might be the restoration of a forgotten feature: the capacitive play/pause button that was included and subsequently disabled on the Google Home Mini has returned on the Nest Mini.

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Google Store pre-orders are live for Pixel 4, Nest Mini, Pixelbook Go, and Nest Wifi

The Made by Google 2019 hardware event is now over, and that means it's time to order all the fresh goodness from the big G. Luckily, pre-orders are already live for all the new products, except Pixel Buds — you've got to wait until Spring 2020 for those.

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Watch today’s Made by Google 2019 event livestream here

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that Google has scheduled an event today to unveil all its new hardware gear. The Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, and Nest Wifi are expected to debut there. If all the leaks haven't tempered your excitement and you still want to catch every bit of the livestream, you can watch it with us below.

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Photos of Nest Mini leak ahead of announcement, basically just a Home Mini with a hole in the bottom

Images of Google's upcoming Nest Mini, successor to the earlier Home Mini, have just leaked courtesy of the folks at WinFuture. Based on these images, you'd be forgiven for confusing the new speaker with the older model, since it basically looks the same, excluding a hole on the bottom for mounting it more easily on a wall.

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