Google’s new Wifi router is a smart speaker

– So these cute candle
jar looking plastic things that are on your screen right now, these are Goggle’s new WiFi routers. Actually they’re also Google’s
new smart home speakers. You see, Google went and
did the obvious thing, the thing that we’ve all been asking for. They took a Google Home and they put it inside a WiFi router. Or maybe they took a WiFi router and put it inside a Google Home? I don’t know, it doesn’t matter. This is the Google Nest WiFi. So Google’s whole argument
with the Nest WiFi is that WiFi access points work way better when they’re out in the open instead of buried in your closet somewhere or even attached to a
wall socket in the corner. So they want you to put it on
your counter or your table, and to convince you to do that, they put a smart speaker in it so that you would actually
put it out in the open and talk to it. So let’s talk about this thing
as a smart speaker first. It’s actually kind of neat. It has this new lighting system where when you talk to it, it puts a ring of light underneath it and that ring of light
turns orange when it mutes which is super annoying but you can turn that off in the settings which by the way are inside
the Google Home app now and that’s terrible because
the Google Home app is terrible but we will all survive
this problem together. It also does this neat thing where when your hand gets close to it, it uses ultrasound to detect it and that lights up a
couple of lights on the top so that you know where to tap
for volume up and volume down. Okay, but how does it sound as a speaker? Well, it sounds like a
pretty good Google Home Mini because it’s literally a
pretty good Google Home Mini. It’s a slightly upgraded
Google Home Mini speaker only in this thing, it’s firing downward and because it’s a little bit bigger, it’s got more air to work with so it can sound just a little bit better. Oh hey, speaking of
Mini’s, there’s a new one. It’s not the Google Mini now. Now it’s the Nest Mini and it has a few new things in it. It looks exactly the same as the last one although there is a new blue color but the new stuff is, it sounds slightly better because that’s slightly better speaker and Google also says it
did a whole bunch of like machine learning and tuning and stuff just to make it sound better. It also does local
control for certain things so you can turn your lights on and off without having to ask a
server how to do that. So that’s neat. And it also has this
new ultrasound feature from the Nest WiFi where
when you reach for it, it will light up and tell
you where the buttons are ’cause you can tap it to play pause or you can turn the volume
up or shorten the volume down right on the Nest Mini itself. It’s still gonna cost
50 bucks but I bet you there’ll be discounts on
the thing all the time. Oh, one more thing. It does have a hole on the back so that it’s easier to hang on the wall I guess if you want. All right, back to the Nest WiFi. How is it as a router? Well we don’t know the full specs yet but it does support AC2200 so it should be a little bit better there. Google says that it’s twice as fast but what exactly that
means remains to be seen. It supports Thread ’cause
they’re still trying to make that thing happen and they also say that it has 25% coverage than the old Google WiFi which is still sticking around by the way. Google’s main package is a two pack which is one router which
doesn’t have an assistant in it and then the little point that does, and that’s gonna sell for $269. There’s a whole bunch of
different price points for buying one of them
individually if you want to and they are backwards
compatible with the Google WiFi if you want to build out from there. Also, they’re making a pack
that is just two routers that they’re selling on Amazon because Amazon won’t sell the Point because the Point has the
Google Assistant built in and Amazon doesn’t wanna sell anything that competes with Alexa
because capitalism. So look, I’m really happy
that Google just finally went and did the obvious thing. It took a smart speaker and a mesh router and they crammed them together. But we still need to test it and see how it actually performs especially since Eero just
announced a new router at an Amazon event about
a couple of weeks ago because well this is a really good idea, the most important thing is
that it provides good WiFi. Hey everybody, thank you
so much for watching. There’s obviously a lot more happening at this Google hardware event. We’ve got a video with the Pixel 4 which I know you’re into and we also have a video
with the Pixelbook Go so you should check those out.

97 thoughts on “Google’s new Wifi router is a smart speaker

  1. But… why? If I wanted a speaker I'd just buy a speaker. If I wanted a wifi router I'd purchase a wifi router. There is no reason to merge both and increase the price for a feature most don't even need.

  2. I think people underestimate the importance of the automatic updates. I bet everyone geeky enough to be reading or adding to these comments knows at least a half-dozen or more friends and family using a router which has never had a security update. A fundamental and often overlooked security issue.
    Been using the original Google Wifi for 2+ years now. Rock solid. I think I had to reset it one time.

  3. It would worthwhile if they made a speaker that is not connected to the wall and run a SIM card , it still does not deal with the fact you have a slow internet connection
    It seems apple , Amazon and google are good at naval gazing

  4. Neat. Even more Google surveillance! Can't wait for the Google Spoon, which will map our entire mouths so it can more easily fit the mouth-cable when they're gonna go all Matrix on us and keep us in an ad-supported simulator where you need to watch an ad every time you want to really pee.

  5. Also apple is coming with HomeKit routers from partners for much better security & privacy for all your IoT smart things in your house. (and free 10 day recording from security cameras). So That's going to be interesting to see which ecosystem is better for security. Apple local HomeKit on routers or google's thread.

  6. I'm so disappointed that the Nest Mini doesn't have a headphone jack. Google still hasn't released a successor to the Chromecast Audio.

  7. Why is a an obvious apple fan reviewing google he has a snarky tone the whole time and seems disinterested. Not a good look verge.

  8. Can I use the Nest WiFi router for my existing Google WiFi points, or can I only expand on my current Google WiFi system with Nest WiFi points?

  9. you mention that Nest WiFI is backward compatible with Google WiFi (i have three)… so I could buy a Nest WIFI Router and then the three G Wifis would act as points?

  10. I see why Jony Ive left. Google is coming with the heat and Tim Apple wanna wait and copy everyones ish instead of moving forward already. Ya cut the macbook pro and other stuff. As me being apple since the beginning i see technology getting better and popular with Google/Amazon.

  11. Great video, but you don’t seem to understand capitalism, I know it was a throw away joke, just had to say the obvious.
    Capitalism promotes competition.
    Blocking it and wanting a single standard is more of a big gov style move.

  12. I don’t see many Amazon Echo devices for sale on the google store… so no surprise that google isn’t on Amazon. That’s not capitalism…. that’s common sense.

  13. How do you miss two major things to mention? Do the points have a cable connection? None of the shots show any wiring. Also does it support WiFi6? Not a single reviewer is mentioning these things and I can’t believe no one else is interested in these answers.

  14. This is a bad idea. No one is going to bring their wire to the Center of their room or to any place where a speaker could have otherwise been kept.

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