Google unveils Chromecast with Google TV, Nest Audio speaker

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The latest home products from Google include the newly branded Chromecast with Google TV and Nest Audio speaker -- announced alongside the newest Pixel phones during its "Launch Night In" event.

Launch Night In
Launch Night In


Google showed off its Chromecast with Google TV first. The new streaming device features a small, dongle-like design that plugs directly into a TV's HDMI port, like older Chromecast models. What makes this one unique is its new brightly colored design and an included remote.

Google TV in three colors with dedicated remotes
Google TV in three colors with dedicated remotes


The rebranded product still works the same way as older Chromecast units, but the software has been upgraded to support the new Chromecast Voice Remote. Users can access content by speaking directly to the remote and asking for movies by genre or actor.

The remote is small and simply designed, and it has physical buttons at the top for navigation. If all this sounds familiar, it's because the Siri Remote for Apple TV works exactly the same way. Google appears to want to compete more directly with the Apple and Amazon set-top box market with this updated product.

The Chromecast with Google TV is available in snow, sky, and sunrise colors for only $50.

The Nest Audio Speaker has room filling audio
The Nest Audio Speaker has room filling audio


The Nest Audio speaker is a new home audio solution with room-filling audio. The speaker is designed to work solo or in a pair, and will use algorithms to its adjust sound for the environment it is placed in.

Again, if this sounds familiar, it's because Apple's HomePod offers similar functions -- but at three times the cost. The Nest Audio speaker is available for $99.

It is unclear how these products will compete with Apple's, though they are priced aggressively as is normal for Google. The ad-based company often sells its products at cost or even at a loss, and makes up for it due to the data it collects from users after purchase.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,913member
    At least they didn't copy the Apple TV box.....
    cornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 7
    Beats said:
    At least they didn't copy the Apple TV box.....
    If all one cares about is accessing non-video game content, this is a hell of a deal for $50 and the design is actually nice.  I've been wanting Apple to make a device along the lines of this.
    gregoriusm
  • Reply 3 of 7
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,365member

    The Nest Audio Speaker has room filling audio

    It is unclear how these products will compete with Apple's, though they are priced aggressively as is normal for Google. The ad-based company often sells its products at cost or even at a loss, and makes up for it due to the data it collects from users after purchase.
    When has Google said that, or who has demonstrated the device manufacturing costs exceed the selling price? On the surface it would appear that claim was plucked from thin air. If it's a fact would you mind posting the source, and if just a guess perhaps make it more clear that's what you're doing?

    As far as "competing with Apple" I think Google is competing with Amazon, with a side of Sonos. Apple's audio products consist of a single device introduced 3 years ago. The new Nest speaker fills out Google's speaker lineup, now four current audio products at different price points and capabilities, to better match Amazon's offers top to bottom. 
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  • Reply 4 of 7
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,913member
    Beats said:
    At least they didn't copy the Apple TV box.....
    If all one cares about is accessing non-video game content, this is a hell of a deal for $50 and the design is actually nice.  I've been wanting Apple to make a device along the lines of this.

    I think it's too "cheap" for Apple's line. People have talked about an Apple TV stick but Apple wants to offer the full package. Gaming still sucks though.
    gregoriusm
  • Reply 5 of 7
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,897member
    Beats said:
    At least they didn't copy the Apple TV box.....
    Except it looks like a half of an HomePod...
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 7
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 2,912member
    cornchip said:
    Beats said:
    At least they didn't copy the Apple TV box.....
    Except it looks like a half of an HomePod...
    From the right angle it looks 100% like a HomePod.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 7
    cornchip said:
    Beats said:
    At least they didn't copy the Apple TV box.....
    Except it looks like a half of an HomePod...
    Does it look like half a HomePod or half of a Google Home Max?  To me it looks like a Google Home Max with the plastic back half cut off.  Which makes sense since (sense since - tee hee) the Nest Home Audio slots right under the Home Max in Google's smart speaker line up.
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    Home Max in vertical and horizontal.  Minus the big bass cabinet, pretty much looks exactly like the Home Audio 
    gatorguy
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