Google Nest Smart Speaker Update

The Boss

Mod Team
Apr 24, 2020
Google long-awaited replacement for the smart Google Home speaker is here, with the new Nest band, the updated design, and the best audio quality. Here is our Google Nest audio update.

While calling it Home Nest would make sense, it seems Google is gradually moving away from that naming convention.

Nest Audio is cheaper than when the home model was first released and updated in almost every way.

Build and build quality

Nest Audio looks almost completely different from the Google Home in a new shape and is now also covered with a canvas, with no rubber base to hold it in place.

I really like the shape of the Home with an extra cupboard and changing. Although Nest Audio fits very well in the Google Devices range, I'm not sure the design will suit everyone.

My opinion on its design is similar to that of several professional journalists who have given their opinion online. In my opinion, it looks like a mirror case because of the texture around it.

Whether you like it or not is up to you, but the fabric feels comfortable and the speaker is strong and well-constructed. Google has used 70% reusable plastic bags, which is a good thing, removing 1.2 500ml bottles of waste water from each device.

It is a shame that we have only two colors to choose from: Chalk and Carbon. While in the US there is a full list of five additions: Salvia, Sand and Sky.

There is nothing more to say about the design than to get a standard set of four LEDs to show when a Google assistant responds with volume level, etc. Powerful hidden buttons are located at the top front so you can control volume and playback.

Most of the time you will work with your voice and when you do not want the speaker to listen, you have to press the visible button back. You will know that it is muted when the LEDs turn orange.

Audio quality and tools

If you agree with the design, your ears will find a deal. Nest is much better off in this department compared to Google Home.

Google claims to be 75% strong and has a strong bass of 50%
. I can't confirm those lab tests but I can tell you that the sound of the nest sounds good. A 75mm larger woofer paired with 19mm inside the upgraded chassis combines to make a rich sound.

Focusing here is a well-rounded sound that stays with almost anything played by Nest. There’s a bias down and in the middle, which sounds very warm and the speaker packs a nice punch here.

While the tweeter is there to support high frequency emissions, it has more power than low bandwidth. Fortunately, you can adjust bass and treble in the Google Home app if you agree and want to maximize the high end.

The so-called “Media EQ” is said to automatically adjust speaker speaker with music, podcasts, or assistant. This is obvious, but all of the above sounds good on the speaker.

While Nest Audio is no bigger than before, it packs a lot of power. Nest Audio sounds great even at 50% volume.

It will easily fill a room with sound limits at this level. Too bad that if you wanted to push it all the way, maybe with a single speaker party, the sound quality could be pretty good. With more than 80% noise, nest noise sounds harsh and there is an unwanted amount of distortion.

Honestly all, except when you have a big house with a ball Nomp Audio it sounds very loud at 60-70%.

If you want more audio, Google has Home Max, but maybe it's better to spend less money on Nest Audio dual.

Lots of rooms and a helper

Keep in mind that Nest Audio is not designed to deliver 360-degree audio, so it goes forward as a traditional speaker. However, you can get both and create a stereo pair if you want. They only sent me one to test it out, but I think they'll sound good as a couple and you'll get a discount on two purchases.

For example, you can buy four and put them all in separate rooms to find another less expensive place for many Sonos rooms. Although Google has improved this feature over time with new commands to move music from one room to another, there are still many things that can be improved.

It seems strange that there is no way to do this in the Google Home app and that the assistant continues to be confused as he tries to add another room to the group instead of just moving it. It is still mainly caused by pre-formed groups rather than a powerful system.

Besides, the assistant works as you would expect, as you can answer questions, set timers, control other smart home devices, such as lights, etc.

I was hoping, according to a leaked video before the launch of Nest Audio, that the speaker had a battery that would make it portable. The cheapest competitor to the Sonos Move would be a very good place to sell, but sadly that is not the case.

Price and availability

Google Nest Audio is available for chalk (white) or coal (black) for $99.99 at Google official store.

The decision

Unusual design aside (grew on me over time), Nest Audio is very well done. It's a shame that there are only two colors to choose from outside the US, however.

Most importantly, it's a fun place on Google that brings great, rich sound from an inexpensive, integrated speaker. Good news when Max Max is very expensive and big.

The low level is particularly impressive and the mids are also strong, and you can use the Google Home app to increase height if needed.

Things are not going well with reducing the volume to more than 80% but this thing has a lot of noise I have no doubt you need to increase the volume to more than 70%.

Many rooms are better equipped with the ability to move music from one room to another, but Google still has work to do here to make it more like the Sonos experience.


  • 75mm woofers
  • 19mm tweeter
  • 3 remote field microphones
  • Powerful touch controls
  • Microphone mute control
  • 1.8GHz quad-core A53 processor
  • Wi-Fi 5 dual band 11ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Built-in Chromecast
  • Embedded Google Assistant
  • Supports Android and iOS
  • 124x175x78mm
  • 1.2 kg.
  • Chalk, Coal
  • It is made from 70% recycled plastic