Nest Audio and Chromecast: new toys from Google

As anticipated, the 2 Pixel smartphones have been the highlights of Google’s newest presentation. But aside from new cell phones, Google additionally confirmed two units aimed toward leisure followers.

Even those that usually are not on the lookout for a new smartphone could discover one thing else fascinating after Google’s “Launch Night In” presentation a number of hours in the past. The California-based firm introduced the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 alongside the Nest Audio, a new sensible speaker. The presentation moreover included a new TV dongle, the “Chromecast with Google TV”.

The new Chromecast appears to be like so much just like the beforehand recognized dongles. The small puck nonetheless plugs immediately into the HDMI port of a TV. It is due to this fact nonetheless an not easily seen gadget that often disappears utterly behind the TV set. This signifies that you want no house for an additional set-top field underneath or subsequent to the TV.

What is new, nevertheless, is that the up to date mannequin comes with a distant management that can be utilized to regulate the gadget. The small distant, just like the Chromecast itself, is out there in three colours – snow, dawn, and gentle blue. Besides the same old controls for controlling playback, quantity, and after all Google Assistant, YouTube, and Netflix can be accessed immediately.

A separate button for activating the suitable enter on TV, soundbar, or receiver ought to make the every day use of the Chromecast simpler. These units can be managed through infrared immediately with the distant management.

Also new, because the title suggests, is that the Chromecast now has its personal consumer interface. The Google TV pores and skin also needs to make it simpler to make use of the dongle. It is paying homage to already recognized consumer interfaces, equivalent to these utilized in Amazon’s Fire TV or Apple TV.

Chromecast with Google TV
Chromecast with Google TV is obtainable in three colours. / © Google

Game gamers who anticipated assist of Google Stadia nevertheless will at present be disillusioned. According to The Verge, the new dongle doesn’t but assist the sport streaming service. Google says they won’t provide the characteristic till the primary half of 2021.

The small dongle helps a decision of as much as 4K HDR with 60 fps. Power is offered by an included USB-C energy provide. The well-known forged features of a smartphone or pill are additionally nonetheless supported. The Chromecast with Google TV prices £59.99 within the United Kingdom, or £89.99 with six months of Netflix included. You can pre-order now on the Google Store.

Nest Audio: The sensible speaker that succeeds Google Home

The second new gadget for leisure followers is the successor of Google Home. The new sensible speaker rounds off Google’s provide between the Nest and Home Mini and the Google Home Max on the prime finish. In phrases of value, the new speaker with built-in Google Assistant lies between the three well-known units. Three far-field microphones assist to grasp the consumer’s instructions.

Like the Nest Mini, Nest Audio is totally wrapped in a comfortable material cowl, which can also be obtainable in 5 completely different colours in some nations. In Europe nevertheless, solely a white or black Nest Audio may be pre-ordered in the mean time. The inexperienced, pink, or blue variations usually are not obtainable to this point.

The connection to the skin world happens through Wi-Fi. Bluetooth connections or an AUX enter usually are not listed within the specs. Nest Audio helps YouTube Music in addition to the streaming companies of Spotify and Deezer.

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In some nations Nest Audio is obtainable in 5 colours – in Europe, there are at present solely the black and white variations obtainable. / © Google

In its presentation, Google emphasised the sound high quality, which on the similar time is meant to be extra room-filling than the cheaper variations. To obtain this, a 75 mm woofer and 19 mm tweeter was used. Furthermore, two Nest Audios may be mixed to a stereo pair. Google additionally says that the music at present enjoying is ready to comply with you thru your individual home utilizing the Google Home App and a number of Nest Audios in numerous rooms.

Nest Audio may be pre-ordered now. In The UK, the new sensible speaker prices £89.99. The present supply date is listed as October 19th to 20th.

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