A few weeks ago, the Google Store listed the Google Home smart speaker as "no longer available." Now, we might know why. According to 9to5Google, the company is planning on a new Nest-branded smart speaker that is more in line with the minimalist look and fabric stylings of the Nest Mini and the Nest Hub. The device is apparently codenamed "Prince" and is said to be somewhat of a rival to the Sonos One, which might mean more robust speakers. It's unclear when the product will actually launch, but as the Pixel 4a is likely delayed, Google's next smart speaker will probably have a later debut as well.
Not to be outdone by Amazon's deluge of hardware announcements last week, set-top box maker Roku is readying two new, low-cost streaming video boxes. Along with the new hardware, Roku is going to work with Google Assistant voice control to make it easier for users to find all the streaming content available for bingeing. Roku said in a briefing last week that it's adding two new 4K streaming boxes: the Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere . These boxes have a similar form factor to Roku's Express line; they're tiny pieces of hardware, much smaller than the remote they ship with, and are so lightweight they come with a strip of tape so you can stick them to your entertainment console. But these tiny Rokus stream 4K HDR video, pack quad-core processors, and come with updated firmware that the company says contributes to a smoother streaming experience.