Yes, it’s smart, but a Google Home Mini or Nest Mini can also act as a basic Bluetooth speaker.
One of the Google Nest features I use the most is also among the simplest. Yes, Google Assistant smart devices are great at a lot of stuff — calculating math problems, reporting the weather and serving up fun games, for example. But you can also use your Google Nest as a bona fide Bluetooth speaker to beam whatever music, podcast or audiobook you want from your phone or tablet.
Why does that matter? Well, maybe you listen to a streaming service Google Home doesn’t support, like Apple Music or Audible. (Full disclosure: I have both.) Or when friends come over and one wants to DJ the party. Sometimes I simply prefer to control what’s playing on my speakers with my phone and not my voice.
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