Monday , October 26 2020

Packaging for Google’s Nest Audio smart speaker and new Chromecast leaks

Two of Google’s products that will almost certainly be announced next week have seen their packaging leak. There’s an upcoming Nest Audio smart speaker, spotted on Walmart’s shelves and online at Lowe’s. Meanwhile, someone else got their hands on a new TV dongle called the Chromecast with Google TV.

The smart speaker was photographed at Walmart and posted to Twitter, where it was spotted by 9to5Google. The images don’t give many new hints about the device beyond what’s already leaked and been announced by Google, but it confirms the name, and that it will come equipped with Google Assistant (obviously). The Lowe’s listing, which was spotted by WinFuture’s Roland Quandt, says the smart speaker will support the “smart sound” room-tuning feature first seen on the Google Home Max. Quandt reports that the speaker will retail for $99.99.

Looks like walmart jumped the gun on the unreleased speaker from google. @Google @Walmart @madebygoogle #NestAudio #GoogleNest #Leak #HeyGoogle @MKBHD

Meanwhile, Android Police reports that someone over on Reddit got their hands on the Chromecast with Google TV dongle ahead of its announcement and has posted a video of its retail packaging. Much like the Nest Audio, multiple leaks over the past few months have already given us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the device. It will run Android TV, which is apparently being rebranded as Google TV, and you’ll be able to control it with an included remote. You’ll also be able to “cast” content to it from compatible apps. It could offer the best of both worlds between an Android TV box and a slimline Chromecast dongle.

Google has already all but confirmed that both devices will appear at its September 30th hardware event where it says it plans to detail a “new Chromecast” and its “latest smart speaker” alongside its new Pixel phones. Given that retail packaging for both devices is already leaking out, both seem likely to release soon after the event.

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