New Google Nest Audio speaker packs a huge punch for $99

The old Google Home that looked like an air freshener has been reinvented, renamed and redesigned to rock out.



a close up of a keyboard: Nest Audio speakers


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Nest Audio speakers

Now known as Nest Audio, the new editions look more like a tiny, traditional speaker, this time in a multitude of colors (pink, blue, green, white and black), sell for less than the original Home ($99.99 versus $129.99) and the big news is a major sound upgrade.

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Nest Audio, available today, is still being sold as a personal assistant to run your smart home, answer trivia questions, set reminders, get news updates, translate languages and, of course, play music and podcasts.

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But the speaker, which runs on the Google Assistant, still lags Amazon’s Echo speakers and the Alexa system in doing many obvious tasks that various Google help pages

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