Turns out, the hotword detection failure on Wear OS isn't the only problem that remains unsolved by Google after many months. The Nest Mini, which was launched in October 2019, has been facing a couple of issues since at least December 2019. Much to the dismay of frustrated users, these problems have yet to be sufficiently addressed.
Despite being a stone's throw away from Australia, New Zealand seems to have been massively neglected by Google. The company's official Store in NZ barely carries a few Nest cams and Chromecasts, whereas it's nearly fully-decked for Aussies. Things are looking up for Kiwis, though, as Google has just launched the Nest Mini in their country and is offering a buy one, get one deal for the next few days.
A few weeks ago, Google sent out offers for a free Nest Mini to YouTube Premium subscribers, but people looking to redeem the voucher quickly noticed that it wasn't valid. Google backtracked, saying that the promo was a mistake on their end. But it looks like someone at the company simply turned on the UI for the present too early — YouTube and Google Play Music subscribers are now receiving an actually working offer to get a free Nest Mini on the Google Store.
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While smart speakers have rapidly become ubiquitous in many of our homes, there are practical things about them—like initiating a factory reset when you sell them—that just aren't intuitive without a bit of Googling. And since the Assistant (fortunately) won't abide your voice request to initiate one, that means this is one smart speaker and display feature that requires going hands-on. Fortunately, it's pretty easy in most cases for devices like Google Home, Nest Home, and Nest Hub.
The Nest Mini is an excellent compact speaker that lets you interact with Google Assistant, sounds great, and can hear you better than the first generation. Despite its relatively steep price, it was still worth buying, but now that you can snatch one for just $20, there's no reason for you not to get one.
Google Assistant has supported the Indonesian language on phones and TVs since March 2018, but since not all Assistant devices are created equal for languages and features, that meant smart speakers were left out of the loop. That's changing now.
The Nest Mini is an incredible little speaker, providing all the functionality of the Google Assistant and sound better than it has any right being in a diminutive form factor. Today, you can grab a pair of them for $45 — that's two for the price of one — and get a couple of free smart plugs, to boot.
Guest mode is one of the Chromecast's relatively unknown but very handy features. It uses location proximity and WiFi availability to allow guests to cast content to your speakers or TVs without logging in to your WiFi network, provided they have the specific PIN code for that device. Whether you're throwing a party or have temporary visitors and you don't want to bother with sharing WiFi access, you can simply give them a 4-digit code and let them choose the media that gets played. The feature launched in December of 2014 on Chromecasts and carried over to Google Homes — because they're essentially cast targets.
What's better than an Echo Dot or Google Nest Mini smart speaker? How about a smart speaker that can charge all the things? Accell's new Power Dot Office does just that, and it's now available for $55.
In many ways, the original Nest Thermostat that launched in 2011 kicked off the race to build an ideal smart home. Eight years later, the competition is still trying to emulate Nest's success, but why buy a copycat product when you can own the real thing for an ultra-affordable price? Today you can pick up the Nest Thermostat E with Nest Mini bundle for $129 ($89 off), or less than the retail price of the Nest Thermostat E by itself.