Google Smart Home Devices: What’s the Difference?

After the success of the first personal assistant device, Google has been steadily launching new devices. These smart home devices are of various types but they have one thing in common, and that’s to be integrated with smart homes. All of them are designed to work with the natural language processing called Google Assistant. The functionality on each of these smart home devices comes from the traits that the user adds to them. Each device comes with a list of recommended traits; it is possible to add whichever traits you would like. The devices even feature a secondary user verification control too.

Differences between the Google Mini and the Google Nest

Google has had their Home Mini smart home devices on the market for years and recently launched the Google Nest Mini. Physically, it’s tough to tell these devices apart; one key difference is that Nest is the upgraded version of the Google Mini.


The Google Home is available for $40 while the Google Nest Mini starts at $50. These devices are very similar to the smart home technology from Amazon; the 3rd-generation Echo Dot that is also priced at $50.


From this point of view, there isn’t much difference between the Google Nest and theGoogle Home. The Google Nestmini is the same size, fabric, and shape along with the four LED light indicators. The device comes in four colors of the sky, coral, charcoal, and chalk; and each of them features an integrated wall mount. TheHome Mini, on the other hand, requires you to purchase a wall mount accessory separately. TheGoogleHome Mini comes in all three colors but the sky option is replaced by aqua.

It is tough to differentiate between the GoogleHome Mini and the Nest Mini. Both of these Google Smart Home Devices are covered with durable fabric made using recycled plastic material. The device dimensions are similar, with the only difference being the weight of the Nest Mini that is 181 g.


The two smart home devices have factory reset settings but are located in different areas. For example, on the Home Mini, there is a factory reset button located under the power cord. This button has to be pressed down for ten seconds in order to reset the device fully. The Google Nest Mini doesn’t have a reset button, instead, you need to switch the microphone off and press the center of the speaker down for ten seconds. The LED lights then turn orange after you hold down the device this way.     

Google Voice Assistant Compatibility

The Google Home device is equipped with theGoogle Assistant. This service lets you carry out several tasks like accessing music to turning on your lights. It can understand human speech with Google even giving its language processing capabilities a boost. In turn, this reduces the instances when the personal assistant fails to understand you, or can’t answer your question.      


The Google Nest Mini features pause controls,a mute button,volume controls, and amicrophone mute button. TheHome Mini has a tap volume controls and aphysical microphone mute button. On the latter device, you can control the volume by tapping either side of the device. On the Nest Mini, thevolume tap controls are located next to the LED lights on the top of the device, with anultrasound detector that lights up in response to hand gestures.   


The Google Nest Mini has one notable smart home technology upgrade and that’s the bass output that twice the range limit on that of the Home Mini. This means that theGoogle Nest Mini adjusts the output sound in smart home integration, based on the background environment noise that it can pick up. The Google Nest Mini, on the other hand, can only achieve a 60-100 Hz bass output at its maximum volume. TheNest Mini can read just to noisy audio environments. TheNest Mini has to work with the Google Assistant in order to adjust output sound based on the background noise.    

Also, when it comes to sound output the Nest Mini can identify nearby users and turn on the LED light indicators for volume controls. Both Google Smart Home Devices however are capable of 360-degree sound with a 40mm driver.    

The Google Home Mini is an entry device for the whole Google Home Hub, but users describe that the sound output isn’t as great as the other devices within this range. It is ideally suited for responding to voice commands and for background music but not necessarily for listening to music. The Nest Mini hasa new hardware platform and has a 40% superior bass response compared with the Home Mini.


The GoogleHome Mini and the Nest Mini smart home devices are Assistant integrated. That is, they can be connected up the Google voice commands for easier synchronization with smart home integration. Users can pair these speakers with Chromecast so that they can use voice-controls when watching TV shows and movies. The Home Mini and Nest Mini can even be connected up to other apps like YouTube Music, Spotify, and similar stuff. The Assistant can run features like quizzes, weather updates on both the device. 


The Nest Mini features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0 support, while the Home Mini features Bluetooth 4.1 support. These Google Smart Home Devices are compatible with iOS and Android devices. Both of them even feature capacitive touch buttons, and as for voice commands the Home Mini has a 2-microphone array while the Nest Mini has 3 far-field microphones.

The Google Nest Mini is a compact version of the Home Mini, but is sustainable and even comes with the convenience of a built wall mount accessory. The second-generation device comes with marked improvements in sound quality. It even features extra on-device controls and a secondary microphone for quality voice response while still falling into an affordable pricing bracket for consumers.   

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