Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation) – What’s New?

By | February 22, 2020


A little less than two weeks ago, Google
announced the successor to the Google Home Mini called the Nest Mini. Now
we’ve had our Nest Mini for a few days or so now and I want to go ahead and
give you the rundown of everything that’s new with the Nest Mini, how it
compares to the Google Home Mini, and ultimately my recommendations for
whether or not you should start replacing all of your Google Home Minis
now with Nest Minis, let’s dive in. The Google Home Mini has been one of the
most popular Google Assistant speakers in terms of volume, so any change to the
speaker is going to be a big deal. So what’s new with the Nest Mini? Well first,
the name. Google has been slowly rebranding all of their Google Home
devices to Google Nest devices and the Nest Mini is just the latest device to
get this new brand name treatment. Aside from the name change at first glance you
wouldn’t think there’s that much different with the Nest Mini than the
Google Home Mini. It so has relatively the same dimensions and looks very
similar except now it comes in a new color called sky, which is the mini that
we have. But there are a lot more changes here than you might expect. At the bottom
of the mini there’s a new wall mount integrated into it so you can hang the
speaker directly on your wall, there’s a new touch sensitive area at the top of
the mini for playing/pausing media, the power jack is no longer micro USB
and the new mini pulls in 15 watts of power versus five watts with the Google
Home Mini, there are two new LED lights on the device that light up to show you
where to tap to turn up or turn down the volume. Google has also made some changes
under the hood as well, they’ve worked on improving the speaker to make it sound
just a little bit better and the speaker now also puts out two times the base of
the original Google Home Mini. Here’s a comparison of how the Nest Mini sounds
compared to the Google Home Mini. Google also included their new machine
learning chip on the Nest Mini itself which is actually a pretty big deal. Like
with devices like the new Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL I’m holding right now
which has the Google Assistant running locally on device, what this means is
that over the next couple of months you’re just going to be able to
anticipate the Nest Mini’s response times and overall speed of the Google
assistant to get much faster because it’s going to rely less on the cloud and
be able to process some of your requests on the actual device itself. The last
change that Google made to the speaker was including a third far-field
microphone so the device will be able to hear you even better and more accurately.
The Nest Mini retails for $49 officially but as always, you know that a
price cut will drop during the holidays and during other times next year. So
should you replace all of your Google Home Minis with Nest Minis? My answer
there is actually no and here’s why. While I think the Nest Mini offers a
lot of improvements in its design and functionality at least from a hardware
standpoint over the Google Home Mini, in my opinion they’re still just not quite
enough there to justify replacing all the Google Home Minis you have in your
house with Nest Minis, especially at full price. I mean if you want to, go ahead, but
if your main concern is actually you like your Google Home Mini, you just wish
it sounded way better, my advice there would be to save up for something like
the Nest Hub Max or the Google Home Max. You’re just going to get incredible
sound with those devices especially the Google Home Max which in my opinion, is
the best sounding smart speaker with the Google Assistant baked into it.
My advice there would be save up for one of those or wait till the holiday season
they usually see a price cut around Black Friday through the Christmas
holidays, so that would be my advice there. Well that’s it for our first look
at the Nest Mini, thank you so much for watching this video. If you liked this
video make sure to hit that thumbs up button below and subscribe to the
channel if you’d like to see more Google Nest videos like this one. For 6 Months Later, I’m Josh Teder, thanks for watching.

80 thoughts on “Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation) – What’s New?

  1. Roy Eastham Post author

    Nest Mini speaker is rocking my world at the house and Sony XB-12 on the move.

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  2. RAHUL Rai Post author

    When it's available in India still showing waiting list? #Google

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  3. JJHD Post author

    You can just link your mini speaker to your speakers at home via Bluetooth and it will use that speaker set as a primary. Why waste money on other devices just to make it sound better..

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  4. KENNETH Post author

    Uuughhh, I don’t know why, but I hate when company’s basically make the same device but just a little bit “better”. It’s just, why didn’t they just upgrade the original one. Well they want that money

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  5. jas1088 Post author

    I like that you just start the video right away and no stupid intro.

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  6. Oli Post author

    I don’t know if I want the Nest mini, or the Echo with digital clock edition…I love googles system but the device aesthetics from Alexa is nice too.

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  7. Diodio26 Post author

    If Don't have a Home Mini. What should I do? Pay $15 for a Home Mini (ebay) or $50 for a Nest Mini?

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  8. muziklova220 Post author

    Do you have any experience with the Bose 300 and 500 speakers? They are compatible with google assistant (and Alexa), but I’m wondering if those have all the same features available. Would you be able to compare the Bose speakers to the large google speaker? Thanks for any help. I’m brand new to smart home stuff and I’m researching to figure out the best setup for my home.

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  9. lord adams Camat Post author

    Omgawd am i d only 1 who noticed he doesn't blink weird

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  10. Tysonator ! Post author

    Though a good bit of new kit, there is not enough new spec to replace my excisting home minis

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  11. Sputz3 Post author

    My google home speaker is just sitting on my refrigerator unplugged. I don’t even know why I’m here smh

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  12. LaBoiVille Post author

    If you have tour Chromecast hooked Up to a speaker then you dont need Nest mini

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  13. Vincent Post author

    Still sounds like an old TV. Spend the extra cash on the Google Home (or wait for the Nest Home?).

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  14. Alex Parr Post author

    I feel like someday we will control the Nest Mini like we did with our old iPod Click Wheels.

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  15. j ram Post author

    I just received my Google Home Mini from Spotify for free so I'm good.

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  16. Numba Two Post author

    Numbers 24:21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.

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  17. Cesar Paz Post author

    HOLA TENGO ALGUNAS PREGUNTAS:
    ECHO DOT 3RA GENERACION Y GOOGLE NEST 2DA GENERACION SE PUEDEN CONECTAR O SER COMPATIBLES?
    LOS FOCOS Y LOS ENCHUFES PUEDEN ESTAR CONECTADOS A LOS 2 DISPOSITIVOS AL TIEMPO?
    PUEDO LLAMAR A GOOGLE NEST Y ESCUCHAR MI VOZ O QUE LA OTRA PERSONA ME ESCUCHE DEL OTRO LADO?
    MI MADRE ES UNA PERSONA CON DISCAPACIDAD EN SUS MANOS Y DONDE VIVE NO AHI INTERNET Y NO SABE UTILIZAR TELEFONOS SMARTPHONE, QUE TAN UTIL Y COMO PODRÍA SER UNO DE ESTOS DISPOSITIVOS PARA ELLA?

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  18. Jett H. Post author

    Good call, no reason to upgrade from such a minute change in hardware.

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  19. Kaitlyn Elise Post author

    I just got a free google home mini from Spotify so I think I’m good

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  20. Peter Boczon Post author

    Hey, ur links are to studio.youtube.. you gotta put the correct links

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  21. cooldaddyslick Post author

    I've would prefer the first one since it has a usb connector and can connect it to my computer if need be and I find when you add extra bass to a small speaker it actually make the voice commands sound worse. Don't think too many people use these for music.

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  22. cooldaddyslick Post author

    Go on eBay and grab a nest hub instead. The screen is worth the extra dollars. You can stream porn and stuff to it if need be.

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  23. Shibby120 Post author

    Successor? Nice to know. I just thought it was an awkward rebranding.

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  24. armagedon515 Post author

    After all that processing power, you would think that you can change the boring "Hey Google" for something more personal, like "Helen" or "Paul" but no, it's not in store apparently. I way prefer "Alexa do something…".

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  25. Maine GD15 Post author

    I got a nest mini 2 for free after purchasing a home hub max…I probably won't even open the mini 2

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  26. Atlantic Picture Post author

    if it would have an out port for non BT speakers, an outlet-mount in the box (so one can hide the wire too) then maybe,

    but the only thing i like in it is the top mute option. Processing time isn't an issue now, and for better audio one can just pair it with a better BT speaker.

    If you already have a shelf stereo, active speakers for the home theater or studio monitors w BT then sound isn't going to be a reason to upgrade..not even to the Max

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  27. Eenam Post author

    Google sent me a nest mini for free, just for being a YouTube Music Premium member. 😊

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  28. Andrés Lindgren Post author

    Just got to order one for free for being a YouTube Premium user. 🙂 <3

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  29. Colin Rae Post author

    Who's here after receiving there free mini? 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️
    Edit: Wow thanks for the thumbs up everyone. Probably the most I've ever had. 😅😁

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  30. Sandra Post author

    Like I don't have enough Japanese adds after watching Mari Kondo ONCE, but whatever, it's free….

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  31. BangtanArmy Post author

    We all here because YouTube is giving away free Mimi's for Premium members! 😂😂😍

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  32. Reecha Pradhan Post author

    Just ordered and was surprised that they didn’t even charged for shipping..
    Will get mine on 9th January 😊

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  33. wolf81 Post author

    I just dont understand, why i need this when i already got Google Assistent on my phone.
    Whats the difference?

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  34. Grugg Post author

    Omfg, I've had a mini for over a year, had no idea about the volume buttons

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  35. MMP Music Productions Post author

    Pretty much everyone including me is here because Google is giving Google Music Premium, YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium members a free Nest Mini.

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  36. Kaloyan Bankov Post author

    Who is here after reading the comments about ppl getting their free stuff from premium?

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  37. King Eris Post author

    Get YouTube premium with ten accounts and get 10 free mini’s voilà you don’t have to worry about replacing all your old mini’s anymore.

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  38. Sash Window Post author

    Who is here because they got one free from Youtube premium?

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  39. Dan G Post author

    You should try out he Bang & Olufsen A9 4th gen. It has google assistant built in with probably the best speaker hardware and processing of any smart speaker, looks fly af too.

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  40. Abdul Hai Post author

    Homedepot in canada is giving nest thermostat 3rd gen with free nest mini for 130 CAD. Now thats a deal

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  41. Re Blue Post author

    Hello I'm having problem connecting wifi through Google Home to my nest mini 2. During setup it keeps on showing "couldn't connect to wifi" even though I've entered the correct password. I bought it from Canada and bring it back to Asia and it did show that the device is manufactured for another region. Any idea what might be the problem? Is Nest mini region locked?

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  42. Glenda Rogers Post author

    Just got one for free from getting a tv from bestbuy 😁

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  43. Michele Reid Post author

    I can’t help but wonder …. does this mean google can listen into all your home conversations????

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  44. jxdestxne Post author

    I watched thd ad and it said "hey Google " it activated google assistant

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  45. Ella Drury Post author

    Do you need to pay for a monthly subscription or can it still be used without? Also if you do it without a subscription what kind of features aren't available? Thanks

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  46. K4M4K4Z Post author

    you morons realise this is a way for the government to enter your home legally?

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  47. Trent Wilkie Post author

    Just got this,quick question, can i play music on it without it being plugged in?

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  48. Albin Ording Post author

    Why did google send me a free mini?. If only they knew I have Amazon shit all over the place 😅

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  49. Aarijhashmi Post author

    i got 2 google mini(gen 1) for $100Cad like 3 months ago FML

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