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Nest Wifi with Google Assistant to launch at Google event on October 15

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Google Wifi (Image credit: Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google is reportedly making a "Nest Wifi" system as a successor to Google Wifi.
  • The new hardware will double as Google Assistant speakers.
  • It'll likely be announced at Google's upcoming October 15 event.

Google recently announced that it'll be holding an event on October 15 to show off its latest hardware, with the main focus expected to be the Pixel 4. Alongside that, however, a report from 9to5Google now says we can look forward to new "Nest Wifi" hardware.

Following up on the Google Wifi mesh router system that was released in 2016, Nest Wifi is said to change up the mesh connection ever-so-slightly with there being one primary router and two secondary ones — not unlike what we see with the popular Eero mesh routers (opens in new tab).

Our sources say that Google is adopting an Eero-like package with the Nest Wifi. The multi-pack of the first Google Wifi included multiple full-fledged routers that connected to one another wirelessly, while the second-gen Nest Wifi will instead offer one primary router alongside other, smaller beacons.

You'll be able to buy a bundle that includes the main Nest Wifi router and its two secondary ones, and along with providing greater wireless coverage throughout your home, the smaller Nest Wifi routers will also act as Google Assistant speakers.

The Nest Wifi beacons that double as Assistant speakers are nearly identical in performance to the first- and second-generation Google Home Mini/Nest Mini.

In addition to the Google Assistant functionality, Nest Wifi is also reported to have a fresh design compared to Google Wifi, specifically one that's "much more home-friendly and in line with other recent Google hardware." The report goes on to say that Nest Wifi will be available in three colors and support backward compatibility with Google Wifi routers.

We're inching closer and closer to Google's October 15 event, so stay tuned over the next few weeks to see what the company has in store for us.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Had a feeling this would be the update to G...Nest WIFI. Make them smart speakers as well.
  • ...annndd only available in the US. Availability in Europe sometime in 2021
  • I assume will be wifi 6?
  • I hope so. Starting to see all the new routers with the new standard.
  • With backwards compatibility, highly doubt this will be little more than a rebranding adding Google assistant & speakers to the hardware. No wifi 6, no dedicated third band backhaul between devices. I will eat crow if otherwise, but I really don't see it. This type of hardware update should have come last year, with this year being completely new set of premium level components including the aforementioned.
  • Been asking for this for years!