Google's new Nest smart speaker is all but confirmed

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We've seen pictures, specs and even reports of in-store availability prior to Google's Sept. 30 event. Here's what we know.
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Google Home fans, get ready. You're looking at the entirely new Nest-branded smart speaker headed to you soon -- likely an update to the original Google Home at long last.

Google's Sept. 30 Launch Night In event will likely include a new Nest speaker. We've seen FCC filings with the name GXCA6, and Android Police and others got hold of an official Google filing from Japan back in July. Google independently confirmed with CNET that this is indeed an upcoming Google device.

Even more recently, the new speaker was spotted in Walmart and a Reddit user apparently bought the speaker for $100. Those reports claim the speaker is called the Nest Audio.

The timing makes sense. We typically see Google hardware events in the fall, and Google's event Wednesday is hot on the heels of Amazon's unveiling of the new Echo speaker (and a bunch of other stuff) with a totally redesigned, spherical look and $100 price tag.

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What else do we know?

Filing photos from Japan show the rumored new speaker with the familiar fabric covering of past speakers, but a much different profile. This fabric wraps all the way around the device, suggesting that it might stand vertically when in use -- Google's official photo corroborates that, too.

Recently certified by the FCC, here is our first look at GXCA6, the new @Google Nest Speaker, replacing the original Google Home. 😁…
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