Google Nest Mini

San Francisco Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

Google’s new Nest Mini smart speaker im­proves on its pre­de­ces­sor, the Google Home Mini, in a few ways. Au­dio qual­ity and re­sponse times are bet­ter, and there is a wall­mount­ing notch on the un­der­side. A new pres­ence­de­tec­tion method that uses the speaker and mi­cro­phone to de­ter­mine your prox­im­ity to the Nest Mini trig­gers LED in­di­ca­tors that help you make bet­ter sense of the oth­er­wise ob­scured vol­ume con­trols. But the thing that puts the Nest Mini over the top is the ma­chine­learn­ing chip in­side the tiny speaker that al­lows the Nest Mini to learn what com­mands you use most of­ten, and it will be­gin to process those com­mands lo­cally, rather than on Google’s servers. Any­thing that helps to keep con­trol of your smart home in­side your home is worth­while, and the ma­chine­learn­ing chip puts the Google Nest Mini on par with the Ama­zon Echo Dot and its dis­tinct au­dioin­put jack.

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