What Are The Differences between The Google Home Mini and Nest Mini?

What Are The Differences between The Google Home Mini and Nest Mini?


sometimes you’ll see this device labeled
as the Google home mini second edition sometimes you’ll see it named the Google
Nest Mini sometimes you’ll just see it named the Mini but whatever it’s called
there are some key differences between this Nest Mini and the original Google Home Mini hello Automaters, thanks for tuning in
again I’m Brian from Automate Your Life and today I’m going to take the frustration
out of automation by giving you some clarity around these two devices now I’m
not just going to explain the key differences which I will do but I will
also explain how some of the upgrades from the original version the Google
home mini help you as an Automator and as someone who has a smart home with
this second device henceforth we’re just gonna call it the nest mini and this one
will be called the home mini as we roll through the video let’s start with look
and feel because that’s pretty easy now in terms of the two devices they look
exactly the same size and they are the same size and really the big difference
between the two of them this is a new color called sky blue now unfortunately
you lose one of my favorite colors from the original home mini devices which was
the aqua color so that’s kind of being replaced by this sky blue the other big
difference between these devices as I picked them up you can see the mounting
hardware right here and that’s really about it in terms of the physical
differences there’s one more with the power adapter that we’ll talk about in a
little bit there are eight additional grams of weight in the Nest Mini over
the Google Home Mini and that in itself really doesn’t matter but there are
hardware upgrades that do matter to you and the first one to talk about you know
is really that speaker and this device sounded from from the very first time I
heard it it sounded a little bit tinny a little bit hollow and I think it
continues to sound that way especially as we get better devices now the nest
mini sounds according to Google a hundred percent better on that low end
and I would agree with that evaluation but what it means to you is
you can sit and listen to a much more well-rounded device when when you play
music on the nest mini I don’t think you’re going to feel like you’re missing
a lot in terms of audio quality especially if you go and use the new
feature which is available on both of these two stereo pair the devices it’s
going to sound really good so let’s have a listen in the difference between these
two now there is another hardware upgrade in
terms of a third far-field microphone on the new nest mini so this is over and
above the two that are sitting here on the Google home Mini but what you have
really is the intention that this device can hear you better and while I haven’t
really noticed a difference here in terms of these two devices hearing me
what I have noticed is it’s a little bit better again and I noticed this with the
nest hub max over the nest hub and some of the older devices is the accuracy has
improved a little bit and the other thing is I think that third microphone
is intended to hear you better when the music is playing and it’s really loud in
the room what’s the time it’s 1058 what’s the weather it’s minus
seven and partly cloudy today it’ll be mostly sunny with a forecast it now
there’s also a new feature on the nest Mini called ultrasonic sensing and
really what this means to you is some controls or all the controls show up the
little LEDs as you approach this speaker and if the music is playing it will show
you where the controls are so it’s an easy quick tap if you’d like to adjust
the volume or start and stop music and that’s something that is also different
here you can tap to adjust the volume but you can start and stop music here by
tapping on the top of the nest Mini that was an original feature here but was
actually removed from the Google home many due to a security concern and it
never came back but it is there here and that ultrasonic capability that that
sensing ability to know when you’ve come up close to the device is going to be
used in a couple of other ways going forward that this device just isn’t
going to be able to keep up with see as we go into the next version of what
Google calls the helpful home what we’re going to see is more and more monitoring
being done by your Google Nest and Google home products now the nest aware
subscription service has really been repaired what I’ll say you used to spend
a lot of money on the nest cameras to get them to record to the cloud now
what’s also coming into that is some of the sensing features that are
available on devices like the nest mini in the new nest hub max and actually on
the nest hub the existing version of this now so you’re going to be able to
sense when people come up to a device and let’s say you’re gone and your
feature is turned on that basically you’re out of the home and it’s guarding
your home it’s going to be able to sense that someone is in the space and it’s
also going to be listening with those three far-field microphones and all of
this can be done locally with some of the new hardware processing capabilities
that is here on the nest mini that’s a new quad core 64 AR M CPU sitting on
this device and its intention is well I think it’s like three or fourfold here
and there’s probably a couple I don’t know about but on the nest many the
intention is to be able to do some processing locally so some of those
alerts that we talked about that will look a lot like Amazon’s guard
capability where they can monitor your home on top of that there will be local
processing capabilities in terms of executing things in your smart home and
basic requests will also be available locally on this device so there’s a ton
of this local control coming to this device that just will not be possible
here with the Google home Mini and what that means to you as a smart home owner
or someone who owns one of these devices is speed so there’s always a delay
whenever I ask for something to happen in my smart home and you’ve seen it
probably hundreds of times in your own home already
and that’s because this goes to the cloud but with some of these local
processing capabilities that will happen very quickly just with your internal
network being the speed at which you can execute those commands now those last
few things the nest aware the local processing the local handling of many of
your requests those things are still theoretical Google has not actually put
out that capability yet we will see it in early to mid 2020 is the
spectating at this point so keep that in mind when I talk about those things
still theoretical there are some differences in connectivity now there’s
no difference in terms of Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5 gigahertz connections are capable here
on the Google home Mini and you have that same capability here but bluetooth
has been upgraded so this is 4.1 Bluetooth on the home Mini and 5.0
Bluetooth and the reason I mentioned that is its security its privacy it is
important to have this newer version of Bluetooth something that a lot of people
talk about being a concern from a security point of view is some of these
older Bluetooth devices now there’s also a little bit of a difference in terms of
the chromecast ability so right now when you when you go and you look at the the
website the tech specs here Google is very careful with the language here so
they say this is a chromecast capable device and it has chromecast Audio built
in this has chromecast built in and what that means is both sides of the the
capability so video and music now today you can still you still cannot cast to a
nest mini with music and video but the hardware capability is there and what
that might mean here in the very new future this is kind of what I’m
expecting we should see the ability to either cast the audio from video files
from say YouTube and all of their different casting services and then
maybe cast the video to another chromecast built in device at the same
time and be able to use these as home theater speakers like we’ve seen Amazon
do with their fire TV sticks and echo devices there’s one key difference and I
talked I just touched on the power adapter situation here early on in the
video there is a big difference here this is a USB power adapter so you can
see right there that’s USB into the back of that device now here is a pretty
standardized this is what you get the nest hub the nest hub max this is
the same power adapter and what this means is a lot of people were powering
their Google home Mini by a USB port and unfortunately this had some unintended
consequences and I want to explain why Google went ahead and made this design
adjustment so when Google put this out a lot of people were really excited that
they could go and use all kinds of USB adapters to power this device and I
think it was a good move by Google at the time but what ended up happening is
people started under powering this device and there’s lots of USB adapters
that say one amp well this is 1.8 amps and so is this actually or I think it is
but regardless this is 1.8 amps at 5 volts and so what happened is a lot of
people underpowered the device just a little bit in some cases just at that
1.5 amp level and what it did is kind of twofold so the voice assistance started
acting up and that’s because you were slightly under powering the processor
your sight slightly under powering everything on this device and in lots of
cases people ask me why is my Google home rebooting whenever I play music
really loudly on the device and the reason was you were actually dropping
the power enough enough to have it shut off and the other thing that this did is
it caused hardware failure so in both cases Google was getting bad pressed by
people under powering their device so what do you do in the next version of
the product you eliminate those bad those bad press components so yes a lot
of people have complained about this they don’t like it but what I hope
you’re hearing as I go through all of this is that the hardware has been
significantly improved over here that is what has happened and while the speaker
is the initial thing that you will get access to that as way better what will
happen over the next year or so is that the reason to upgrade will become really
clear as some of these other new features roll
out so I do really like this approach by Google in terms of a market strategy you
can still have this device this device is going to continue to work but if you
want some of these new features you will need this new hardware and that is
really the reason they went to a second edition it was to support these upgrades
in terms of their platform in terms of their smart home capabilities and really
to support the future and those those features that maybe they didn’t know
about when they first released this first Google home Mini so I hope this
has explained the whole situation to you I hope it’s really clear if it’s not go
ahead leave comments down below questions we answer as many as we can
usually we get to everyone otherwise if you need to understand a little bit more
about this device I have a playlist up on screen that will help you with that
otherwise guys thanks for watching and of course don’t hate automate

37 COMMENTS

    I’ve got 6 Google Home Mini’s. Overtime, their ability to understand the folks in my home seems to have decreased. Could you do a video on your experiences, suggestions to changes in settings, locations, etc? Is it the age of the hardware? Is Google changing the algorithms? I’d love to know your thoughts. They also consistently hear male voices better than female voices. Any thoughts on how to improve that?

    All I personally (in regards of the Nest mini) wish for is that those colors stop being US only. Germany's only got Charcoal and Chalk

    Nice video, Brian. I bought a Nest Mini a little while ago, as if I really needed another one of these things. But the price was good and my curiosity was high. And the color matches my bedroom wall color. 🙂 The sound is really pretty good. The rate of good outcome hits is really good too. I use a muted Lenovo clock to show the time.

    I added a nest mini in my kitchen and it listens just as poorly as the google mini's I have. I have to repeat myself way too often.

    I will probably wait until the fall/winter to upgrade. My existing home minis are workings well enough at the moment so I’m not too motivated to replace them until more new features are available

    Thank you. I just received the new nest mini when I bought the nest guard and was questioning whether I should open it and switch out my home mini. Thank you again!

    I know this is off topic but I have a question about which smart switch brand to start a new whole house project.
    Needs:
    no neutral capable switches
    Dimmable 3 way switches no neutral compatible
    Google integration
    Zigbee or z wave so I can control from any/most hubs

    Wants:
    Cheap
    All switches to look identical on outside and work with standard light covers.

    I would say I'm advanced at wiring and intermediate at smart home products so ease of setup is nice but not necessary.

    Recommendations as I have looked at a bunch but have no clue where to start?

    Thank you so much because I was confused that what are the differences between them and this video explains it very well please go a giveaway of google nest hub max

    I needed another mini in my house and looked at the nest mini. Was rather put off by the 15 watt current draw spec as opposed to the 5W of the Google mini. Do you know if the 15W spec is for the unit in stand by or when it's rocking and rolling. It can add a serious amount of parasitic current draw in one's home particularly if you have a number of devices.

    2 things that are better on the nest mini. Finally Google seem to confirm the far field mics are not good enough, finally added a 3rd mic, the second reason is it does has better sound, slightly more bass & a better rounded sound.

    Lately my Google Home Mini (not Nest) speakers have been really slow and sometimes not hearing what I’ve said at all. I had always put Google speakers above my Amazon speakers, but my now Echo Dot turns on Wemo devices seconds faster.
    I live in Australia

    Just an observation, you can tell absolutely no difference between the audio quality of the two devices, since the audio comes through YouTube and then through my speakers.

    Just replaced all my minis and Lenovo 10 display with echos and dots. The minis became useless with the Google updates in the beginning of November. They would just sit there flashing lights after the updates. They worked perfectly the 10 months prior. We love the Amazon devices and would never go back.

    I still am going to keep my regional Google Mini. For what i am using it for it is just fine for now. I don't have a Smart house as some people do. Maybe down the read it will change. I was noticing that some people were having some issues with the mini not hearing them or not hearing them right. I have cut the power off ( about 5 or 10 min.) about once a month, that seemed to help my same problem.
    P.S. I sent you something, but you never responded. Then yesterday it was returned, it looked like it had been damaged and was partly opened. Taped shut with a note, that said YUMMY !!

    I have a couple of Nest Mini's and a couple of Home Mini's and both are quite acceptable for sound, if you turn the bass up in the Home app. The Nest Mini definitely has a quite noticeable increase in quality and bass response.
    I haven't noticed a difference with the third mic in my situation. The main thing I noticed is the two little LEDs where the Volume controlls are.
    My Home mini has always had the feature and still does, but just doesn't have the LEDs on it.
    Maybe in the future the ultrasonic will have more functionality added, but for now it doesn't make much difference with my use case at this stage.

    I just bought our first mini for $20 less over a nest for the gaming room. The nest to us is a joke. I cant imagine audiophiles actually using these for music.

    I was wondering why the change in power cords. Would the onboard processing have any benefit to listening to audiobooks? I like listening to one when I drift off to sleep.

    So the first version is smart, but not as smart as silly owners who use a power supply that is under powered. They could have fixed that be having the device let you know the voltage is getting too low during high demand times. OR have it self limit what current draw it can make as the voltage drops, but let you know why.

    Is there a smart smoke detector I can disable with my voice? Ours went off5 times between Thanksgiving cooking and Christmas cooking and it’s a pain in the tush to take them down then put them back up

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