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Here's our first look at Google's Home successor
- A listing for GXCA6, an “interactive media streaming device,” appeared on the FCC’s website.
- A regulator in Japan later uploaded photos of the smart speaker.
- The new device is taller than both the Google Home and Home Max.
For a couple of months now, there have been hints that Google has been preparing to replace its four-year-old Home smart speaker with a new model. We now have a good idea of what that device will look like.
Last night, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) uploaded a listing related to an unannounced Google device. Unfortunately, the filling didn’t include much in the way of useful information. Subsequently, however, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications published a filing for the same device. We know they’re the same product because they share identical identifiers: GXCA6. Android TV Guide first spotted the listing, which includes photos of the smart speaker. We don’t know how Google plans to brand this new device, but for this article, we’ll call it the “Nest Speaker.”
Based on the limited information we have, it’s hard to say if the Google Nest Speaker has all the things we’d like to see from a new Google Home. At the very least, if you already own a Nest Mini or Nest Hub, this new speaker will fit right alongside them. It features the same colored fabric and anti-slip silicone base as Google’s other Nest smart speakers. For better and worse, it looks like it will use the same proprietary 30W power adapter. According to a report 9to5Google published in June, the new model will sound better than its predecessor.
As Android Police points out, the Google Nest Speaker is taller than both the Google Home and Home Max. As you can see from the ruler in the photo, it’s about 220mm (~8.7 inches) tall. By contrast, the Home and Home Max measure in at 143mm and 200mm tall. We don’t know when Google will announce this new smart speaker. However, if it’s passing through regulators, then a release date can’t be too far away.