The original Google Home Mini appears to have been discontinued

The original Google Home Mini appears to have been discontinued

Tech Highlights:

  • The Google Store now redirects anyone looking for a Home Mini to the Nest Mini, after showing it as unavailable yesterday (via 9to5Google). This likely discontinuation follows a month-long sale that kicked off ahead of Black Friday, offering both the Home Mini and its Nest successor for $25. Although Google has sold a second-gen model for two years now, it continued to sell this original speaker alongside it. That said, the Nest Mini was more than a worthy follow-up, offering a louder sound, improved bass, and stereo pairing. Of course, we’d be remiss to speak about the Home Mini’s legacy without mentioning our own history with it. Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii — he of #ArtemsLuck — famously discovered his device accidentally recording every conversation and noise in his house. Google permanently disabled the top button feature initially built into the speaker following his report.

  • In late 2017, Google released the Google Home Mini, a smaller, more affordable version of the company’s original smart speaker. Unsurprisingly, it was a huge hit, and two years later, an updated “Nest Mini” was produced to even more critical acclaim. In the years after, Google has kept the Home Mini on the market, giving it at steep discounts or for free with particular memberships or subscriptions. However, it appears that its time has come, as it is no longer accessible in various online stores.

This gadget will likely be remembered for its giveaways, of course. Whether you’re a Google One, YouTube Premium, or Spotify subscriber, you probably have at least one or two of these things floating around your house. If you don’t, its successor is still 50 percent off ahead of the holidays, making it the perfect last-minute Christmas gift for the hard-to-shop-for person in your life. And hey, if you really need the first-gen model, it’s still available in some less-than-expected places like Home Depot.

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