Google Home Mini is dead! And you shouldn't buy leftover stocks

Google has discontinued the Home Mini in some markets. The Nest Mini is the only small smart speaker Google sells.
By AMRITANSHU MUKHERJEE
| Updated on Dec 21 2021, 08:17 PM IST
Google Home Mini was launched back on 2017 along with the Pixel 2 series.
Google Home Mini was launched back on 2017 along with the Pixel 2 series. (Google)

Back in 2017, Google stunned the world with the Google Home Mini. Google's compact smart speaker had the ambition to take over most households wearing a cutesy design. Google later updated the speaker under the Nest brand and improved the audio performance as well. After four years, Google seems to have discontinued the Home Mini is several countries.

The Google Online Store in the US region now shows the Google Home Mini as no longer available. However, stores in other regions have long stopped selling the Home Mini, especially after the arrival of the Nest Mini. In India, Flipkart continues to sell remaining stocks of the Home Mini at a higher price than the Nest Mini.

Google Home Mini is gone

The removal of the Home Mini from the listing page shouldn't be a big deal for most consumers, given that Nest Mini is cheaper and much better in terms of audio performance. However, the Nest Mini itself is in dire need of a major update, given that several other players have stepped into the small smart speaker segment.

Apple launched its HomePod Mini in 2020 alongside the iPhone 12 and this year, Apple came up with multiple colour variants of the HomePod Mini but with no major audio performance upgrades. However, note that the HomePod Mini costs substantially more than the Google speaker, priced at 9,900. Amazon has come up with multiple versions of the Echo Dot and Echo smart speakers running on Alexa voice assistant.

In fact, Xiaomi also launched an affordable Mi Smart Speaker in India last year that costs almost the same as the Google Nest Mini speaker.

Google, meanwhile, has only launched the Pixel Buds Series A earbuds in India this year priced close to 10,000. The Pixel 5a and Pixel 6 series from the global markets did not make it to India.

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First Published Date: 21 Dec, 08:17 PM IST
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