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Google's latest smart speaker is the $100 Nest Audio


Google's Nest Audio was all but revealed already when it appeared in a Walmart a week ago, but now it's official. The company just announced its latest Google-powered speaker at its annual Pixel event. As you can tell from the pictures, the Nest Audio is a fabric-clad speaker similar to the Nest Mini. According to Google, the new Nest Audio has a 19mm tweeter, a 75mm mid-woofer, all of which will result in "fuller, clearer, more natural sound." It also apparently has 50 percent more bass and 75 percent more volume than its predecessor.

Walmart's Nest Audio bundle offers two smart speakers at 15 percent off


Google tossed price-conscious streaming music fans a tempting new smart speaker late last year with the release of the Nest Audio. In a crowded market, the slight speaker stood tall thanks to its decent audio quality and $100 price tag, which saw it nestled between the $200 Echo Studio and Sonos One and cheaper offerings like the $50 Echo Dot. Now, a pair of Nest Audios are on offer in competing deals, with Walmart edging out the Google Store with a $30 saving when you buy two of the chalk-colored speakers together for a total of $169.96. Buy 2 Nest Audio at Walmart - $169.96 The extra Nest Audio is worth it, because when you pair them up, they sound even better.

Google kills its Chromecast Audio dongle


If you've been thinking about whether to pick up a Chromecast Audio to make your audio setup a little smarter, you should probably make your mind up quickly. Google has confirmed it's discontinuing the device. "Our product portfolio continues to evolve, and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio," a spokesperson told 9 to 5 Google. "We have therefore stopped manufacturing our Chromecast Audio products. We will continue to offer assistance for Chromecast Audio devices, so users can continue to enjoy their music, podcasts and more."

Apple's HomePod won't have multi-room or stereo audio at launch


Apple just announced that its HomePod smart speaker is set to ship February 9th of this year. What didn't make the large print is that it won't support multi-room audio or stereo pairing on that date. These are pretty big features of all other internet-connected speakers these days, which really shows how down to the wire Apple is on getting HomePod into your living room, especially after the recent delay.

Google's Nest Audio smart speaker hits new low of $75


At $100, Google's impressive Nest Audio was already good value for money, but a 25 percent discount has now brought it down to an even more affordable $75. Perhaps, it's a case of Google countering Amazon's early Prime Day deals on Echo speakers with a new all-time low price. Whatever the reasons behind the latest promo, it's always nice to have another option when shopping for tech. The Nest Audio is a solid bet for music fans on a budget. As we noticed in our tests, it's slightly louder than Apple's HomePod Mini and packs stronger bass, too. Inside the speaker is a 75mm woofer and 19mm tweeter, while the Google Home and Nest Mini make do with single drivers.