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#272139 11-Jun-2020 09:48
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https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/06/10/google-will-launch-the-nest-mini-in-new-zealand-on-june-25/

The Nest Mini will be the first Google Assistant speaker to officially come to New Zealand, as none of the previous Home speakers or displays made it there. It'll be available in two colors, chalk (white) and charcoal (dark grey), at several retailers — Spark, Noel Leeming, JB HI-FI, Harvey Norman, and The Warehouse — and will cost NZD $89 (approx. USD $58).

Previous trends taught us that Google never introduces a Home/Nest speaker in a new market without supporting its primary language first, so even though Assistant doesn't currently offer New Zealand English as a language option, it'll likely be added before or around the time the Nest speaker launches in the country.

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  #2502782 11-Jun-2020 10:20
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The official Google NZ Blog post here.

 

 

Google today officially announced the Nest Mini is coming to New Zealand. Nest Mini is a smart speaker that helps people get stuff done with the power of the Google Assistant. From June 25, you can buy the Google Nest Mini for NZD $89 from Spark and other leading retailers including Noel Leeming, JB HI-FI, Harvey Norman and The Warehouse.

 

The discreet and stylish speaker is designed to help control your smart home, providing hands-free assistance from Google Assistant, built with sustainable materials.

A Speaker with Powerful Sound

 

Nest Mini has a big and rich sound. Our expert audio engineers developed proprietary audio tuning software, allowing us to get the most out of the hardware with a full, clear and natural sound at every volume level. We didn’t want to suppress any auditory details, so what you’ll hear when listening to music on Nest Mini is authentic to the artist’s vision.

If you’re listening to music, podcasts and other types of media on Nest Mini, LED lights will light up as your hand gets close to the device, indicating where you can tap to adjust the volume. We’ve also improved Mini’s ability to hear you in noisy environments.

And Nest Mini will dynamically adjust the volume of the Assistant, news and podcasts based on any background noise that may be happening at the time. So when the dishwasher is running and you ask for the weather, you’ll hear the Assistant’s response at a louder volume.

Whole home audio

 

You can connect Nest Mini to multiple Nest speakers to build a sound system for your whole home. With more than one Nest speaker, simply create as many as you’d like in the Google Home app, and enjoy music, podcasts and more throughout your home.

And with stream transfer, you can fill your home with sound by moving your music, audiobooks and podcasts from one speaker to another with just your voice. Even transfer music or podcasts from your phone when you walk in the door. For example, If I’m hosting a dinner party, once I’m done cooking in the kitchen, I just say, “Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker” to keep the party going.

The power of whole home audio goes beyond music, and it can be a helpful way to stay in touch with family members. With new Google Duo functionality on all Nest speakers, you can call your devices from the Google Home app, use the intercom feature to talk from device to device or even call someone on the other side of the world, for free—all you need is a Duo account and/or a Google Home or Nest smart speaker or display.

Your Assistant will keep getting better

 

With the Google Nest Mini you can ask it questions, tell it to do things, get news updates, control devices around your home and more. Up to six people can connect their account to one Nest Mini, so if you ask your Assistant for help, it can distinguish your voice from other family members or housemates. As the Google Assistant adds functionality over time, Nest Mini will automatically update its software so you don’t have to lift a finger while it keeps getting better.

 

 





 

 

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  #2502813 11-Jun-2020 11:15
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I wonder what official support means for nz?

I have a house full of nest hubs. Already.




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  #2502815 11-Jun-2020 11:20
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Yay. As PhantomNVD’s second quoted paragraph says, that should mean we finally get official NZ support for Google Assistant. Hopefully the full range of Google, I mean Nest, products will follow.





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  #2503020 11-Jun-2020 15:33
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So does this mean I might soon be able to make phone calls on my Google Home Mini?


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  #2503176 11-Jun-2020 18:59
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Good news, have alway preferred Google Home to Alexa even without the 'support' Have a few JBL links and have just bought a couple of Nest minis 2nd Gen from Catch for 73 each incl post.


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  #2503179 11-Jun-2020 19:00
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It let me set duo up on it, but that seems to just use phone numbers and requried a SMS to verify it so I probably wont be using it.





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  #2503182 11-Jun-2020 19:09
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MurrayM:

So does this mean I might soon be able to make phone calls on my Google Home Mini?



Wonder how it does that? Saw that on the Stuff article this morning saw it made phone calls..




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  #2503195 11-Jun-2020 19:25
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Probably needs an Android phone on the same WIFI

 

 


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  #2503214 11-Jun-2020 19:52
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richms:

 

It let me set duo up on it, but that seems to just use phone numbers and requried a SMS to verify it so I probably wont be using it.

 

 

Duo actually works pretty well on these Google products; it’s been useful enough just with audio calls on the Minis and one-way video on the Hub. But the ease and simplicity of the two-way video on the Hub Max we bought recently was a surprise - first time I’ve used it was today to chat to the family while they had breakfast and I was on an early train. Just a single click on ‘call home’ from the Google Home app...


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  #2503349 12-Jun-2020 08:58
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Wonder if the official support will flow through to WearOS as well? Would be great to finally use Google Pay on my watch (currently says not supported in this country when launched).


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  #2503913 12-Jun-2020 22:23
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Good news it's going into Spark. Fingers crossed this will bring Pixel to Spark one day..

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  #2506178 17-Jun-2020 08:27
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I purchased two nest minis from catch, set them up with my new tv, AVR and bluetooth speaker. Soon to add some LED lighting and smart plugs. Very happy as an iOS user with phone/watch/macbook/ipad the ability to use voice control is wonderful and ask siri "hey google".

 

Hope to see more support in NZ, who knows may even try an android phone one day 🤣





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  #2511968 25-Jun-2020 08:48
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So the 25th has rolled around. Does anybody know if GA is officially supported in NZ? Or (as often happens) is 25 June when it’s that on the West Coast of the USA?





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  #2512052 25-Jun-2020 11:13
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Dingbatt:

So the 25th has rolled around. Does anybody know if GA is officially supported in NZ?



Anything I should do to check? I'm picking mine up today

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