Can you believe that it's been almost two years since Google Home Mini was released? The $ 35 spokesman eventually gave Google a real competitor to the Amazon Echo Dot, and with how often the Mini went on sale or bundled with seemingly unrelated products, it has become quite common to have a handful of minis in a house to have. 19659002] As beautiful as the speaker is, there are definitely a few options that could be improved to (probably) not increase the price. We've already discussed what we expect from Google Home 2. So here's our wish list for a sequel to Home Mini.
Controls that are not terrible
The only controls on the Home Mini are the mute button on the back and a reset button on the bottom ̵
Pressing the top to activate the wizard, but this feature was permanently removed After our own Artem Russakovskii discovered that the sensor had mistakenly detected touches thousands of times a day, inadvertent voice messages were sent to Google each time. Artem's ability to find bugs in technical products is unmatched.
Where are my buttons?
While it's almost certain the Home Mini 2 will restore the ability to activate the wizard without saying "Ok Google." General improvements to the controls would be very welcome. The Echo Dot has physical buttons, but a rotating bezel in Galaxy Watch style to adjust the volume is also a good choice.
Most competitive smartphones offer stereo pairing, which allows you to designate one speaker as the left channel and another as the right one. The Echo Dot not only supports this feature, which is the main competition of the Home Mini, but also works with the Apple HomePod, various Sonos speakers, the Google Home Max and even the Insignia speakers with wizards (which unfortunately are no longer available) ).
Stereo Pairing was on our list for Google Home 2, but the Mini should definitely have it too. Bonus points, if this is also possible in a software update for the original mini.
With Chromecast Audio discontinued for months, there's no easy way to convert an existing speaker setup into a cast speaker. Amazon, on the other hand, has introduced audio outputs – The Echo Dot already had a 3.5mm jack, but the smaller echo input has been specifically designed to turn your existing speakers into smart speakers.
The second -gen Echo Dot. Google, take notes.
It would be a great shame if the new Mini did not have a 3.5mm audio output. Castable speakers are much more common today than they were when Chromecast Audio was first released. However, this does not help those who already have premium audio setups or those who want to get a little more power out of a favorite speakerphone.  Wall Mount
Thanks to its low height, the Home Mini works both vertically and on a table. There are many third-party wall adapters and brackets for this purpose, but a more official solution would be nice.
One option is to attach a bracket to the underside of the Mini so that it drills into a wall on a large-sized screw similar to a picture frame. A simple plastic holder in the box could work as well.
The Home Mini is an excellent bathroom speaker, although you can not keep it too close to liquids. – There is no official speaker water resistance at all. Although this may not be within reach at the current price of $ 35, some resistance to occasional splashes or drops of water is desirable.
Full water resistance is definitely not required if a speaker is permanently connected to a wall outlet. However, a protective layer could make it a better product for kitchens, covered terraces and other environments where occasional spills are not uncommon.