Is Google developing a wall-mounted Nest speaker? Patent application suggests plan for new smart home device
- A request sent to the FCC reveals more details about Google & # 39; s Nest Mini speaker
- The device appears to be mounted on the wall according to the images in the archive
- It can also contain a 3.5 mm headset hack to connect to external audio
- The device could be unveiled next to the Pixel 4 phone in October
Subscriptions to the FCC provide more information about an expected addition to Google's smart home product line.
As reported by 9to5Google, the archives seem to reveal some of the features of the yet to be announced Nest mini – the latest addition to the company's smart speaker setup, not to be confused with the Google Home Mini.
According to images in the submission, the device is wall-mounted and has a recess on the side of the speaker that is thought to be a room for a headphone jack – a feature allegedly considered in previous reports from 9to5Google.
Photo above is the back of the device showing a place where the speaker can be screwed into the wall and a recess that can be an input for a headphone jack
With a headphone port, the device can be connected to external audio sources such as a laptop or computer and would simulate a similar hardware design of the Echo Dot, the popular smart speaker from Amazon.
It is still unclear whether the recess is indeed a place for a headphone jack as noted by The edge which suggests that the room can also be the location of the device's mute switch.
Allegedly the Nest Mini will also be equipped with enhanced speakers via the Google Home Mini, although a full list of features for the device is still unclear.
In terms of design, the device seems to differ very little from its counterpart, the Google Home mini and appears to be comparable in size.
There is currently no release date for the Nest Mini, but it is possible that Google will unveil it in October alongside the company's next smartphone, the Pixel 4.
Although the next generation of Pixel smartphones from Google are just as mysterious, the company has leaked an important feature that sets the device apart from others on the market.
The Google Home Mini (pictured above) is another smart speaker from Google and was released in 2017 for just $ 29
In a blog post in July this year, Google confirmed that his latest pixel iteration what he describes as & # 39; motion sensitive & # 39; technology includes – a short-range radar that allows users to control their telephones remotely.
The Pixel 4 is the first of Google's devices to use the technology, called Soli, and the company says customers can skip & # 39; numbers, snooze alarms, and stop phone calls just by waving your hand. & # 39;
One of Soli's most intriguing applications combines technology with face recognition software – another new addition to the device – to complete the & # 39; unlock process & # 39; seamlessly.
Google says that the Pixel 4 will use its radar technology to detect when you pick up the device, allowing the phone to preventively activate the face recognition function and, in theory, speed up the unlocking process.
WHAT IS GOOGLE & # 39; S NEST HUB MAX?
Nest Hub Max will be launched this summer for $ 229
The newest smart home device from Google has a built-in camera for video chatting and even indoor security.
At the annual I / O Developer Conference, the company unveiled the $ 229 Nest Hub Max that combines the functions of Nest and Home Hub devices.
It has a 10-inch HD screen, smart camera and a rear-facing woofer for & # 39; full stereo sound & # 39 ;.
Nest Hub Max can be used to keep an eye on your house when you are not there, and comes with the option to enable movement or unknown people alerts.
Google Duo functionality also means that it can be used for video calling on iOS and Android devices. "You can also use Duo to leave video messages for other members of your household," notes Google.
Nest Hub Max is launched this summer in the US for $ 229, along with the UK (£ 219) and in Australia (AUS $ 349).
The Nest Hub Max has a built-in camera with a wide-angle lens and 10-inch display
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