Could the end of the original Google Home speaker finally be upon us? Out of nowhere, Google Home has become unavailable on the Google Store in the US. That could mean that Google is getting ready to announce a new version of the smart speaker.
The original hit the market in 2016 as a direct competitor to Amazonâ€™s Echo. At $129, it fell right into the sweet spot to compete with Amazonâ€™s device. Until today, the speaker was readily available for $99 (a slight decrease from original MSRP) from Google, but all of a sudden, it has â€œNo Longer Availableâ€� listed on its page.
It doesnâ€™t appear that the speaker is just out of stock, as Google probably wouldnâ€™t use the phrase â€œNo Longer Availableâ€� if the company intended to restock the original Google Home soon.
Interestingly, the speaker is still available in some other countries, though Japan features the same â€œNo Longer Availableâ€� wording as the US. In Canada, Google has a â€œJoin waiting listâ€� button instead of â€œNo Longer Available.â€�
Weâ€™ve reached out to Google for clarification on what happened with the speaker and why itâ€™s gone. We will update this article as soon as we hear more. In the meantime, all we can do is speculate on whether Google may announce a new version of the speaker or transition to the other smart speakers and displays in the Nest line.
It seems like Google would need to announce a replacement for the smart device, as the company isnâ€™t offering a midrange speaker without the original Google Home in its lineup. Itâ€™s possible we could see a Google Home successor announced alongside the rumored Pixel 4a and Chromecast Ultra with remote, though thatâ€™s just speculation at this point.
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