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Google Assistant's original white noise sound returns following backlash

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Update, Jan 19 (3:56 a.m. ET): Google has fixed the issue with the Assistant's white noise sound.

What you need to know

  • Google has changed the ambient white noise sound on Nest devices.
  • However, the new sound has clearly irritated many Nest users due to its "quieter" or "muffled" sound.
  • As a result, many customers have been unable to sleep.

Google Assistant is capable of a variety of tasks, including lulling you to sleep by playing white noise. However, a recent change to that feature is causing significant annoyance for many Google Nest device owners.

Several users expressed their displeasure with the company's decision to change the white noise sound on the Google Nest community forum page and Reddit (via 9to5Google). The change has made it difficult for many people to sleep, which defeats the purpose of the feature.

The general consensus among those who've complained is that the new white noise is "much quieter" and sounds "muffled." Another complaint is that it loops every 10 minutes, which is a remarkably shorter time compared to the original one-hour cycle. This change is especially aggravating because these white noise sounds can last up to 12 hours on Google's best smart displays and Nest speakers.

Fortunately, a Reddit user has uploaded the original white noise sound's one-hour and 12-hour versions. This Google Drive link will take you to a download page where you can get it. Alternatively, you can look into some of the best white noise machines that are already on the market.

Google was not immediately available when reached out by Android Central for comment.

However, given the growing number of complaints about the new white noise sound (there are currently over 170 on the Nest forum), it's possible that the company will reverse the change.

Update, Jan 19 (3:56 a.m. ET) ― Google has restored the previous white noise sound on Nest and Home devices

Google has finally addressed the most recent issue with its Assistant-powered smart speakers and displays.

A Googler responded to the original complaint on the Google Nest community forum by saying that "there was an issue impacting our white noise experience."

The issue has been fixed, the company representative added. This means the white noise sound on your Nest or Home device should now be working like it used to.

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Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

Google's second-generation Nest Hub smart display, with its 7-inch display and far-field mics that allow Google Assistant to hear you from across the room, makes controlling your smart home products a breeze.

Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he's not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera.

2 Comments
  • How soft have we gotten as a society when we are blaming our inability to sleep on a cheap electronic device?
  • amazing how often Google "fixes" stuff without anyone's input, only to go put it back after receiving actual input from users