Technology Walmart Spilled the Beans on Google's Next Smart Speaker a Week Early
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Google isn’t expected to announce itsuntil Sept. 30 during its , but it apparently that hasn’t stopped Walmart from spilling the beans a week early.
According to, it seems a local Walmart decided to stock and display Google’s upcoming smart speaker—which will apparently be called Nest Audio—prior to its scheduled debut next week. Based on the box art, this Nest Audio device Google released earlier this summer, so while it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it’s a pretty safe bet this is legit.
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Looks like walmart jumped the gun on the unreleased speaker from google.— Marcos Frausto (@SweetDaddy69)
On Redditthey managed to pick one up at a local Walmart and posted images of the and its as proof. The user claims the new speaker “blows the original Google home out of the water by a very, very wide margin” and is comparable with .
The reddit user claims they purchased the new Nest Audio for $100 and an earlier leak from a Lowe’s product database discovered byalso suggests that the Nest Audio will cost $100. Furthermore, a snippet from a product description from inside Lowe’s database indicates that like other Google/Nest smart speakers, the Nest Audio will come with Google Assistant integration and the ability to stream music from various sources.
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Meanwhile, in other Google product leak news, userposted a short video showing what appears to be Google’s next Chromecast device, which has been detailed in previous leaks under the .
They didn't put the price on it— Marcos Frausto (@SweetDaddy69)
With two of the three products that Google was planning to unveil next week having already been spotted in the wild, at this point it seems like there’s a good chance Google’s entire showcase may get spoiled before its products ever take the stage. The only things we’re missing now is more info on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.
Either way, stayed tuned for more coverage and official info on Google’s fall product launch event
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