A few days ago, reports emerged that Google has apparently changed the white noise produced by its Google Assistant Smart Display devices and speakers such as Nest and Home. While the sound is meant to be ambient so that people can be facilitated in sleeping or studying, the new white noise was reportedly having the opposite effect.
As 9to5Google points out, there had been tons of complaints from irate customers in Nest forums, with people claiming that the new white noise is at a different pitch, muffled, and quiet. People also noted that instead of looping after every one hour, it now loops after 10 minutes. Many reports even claimed that their toddlers who previously used to sleep due to the white noise produced by the speakers can't do so any more and are demanding that their parents fix the issue.
Fortunately, after days of fielding complaints, Google has finally fixed the issue plaguing its customers with a company representative responding to the forum thread and saying:
Thanks for your feedback here! There was an issue impacting our white noise experience. It’s fixed now and working as it previously did.
It's unclear as to why the white noise audio files were replaced by inferior alternatives but now that a fix is out, Google Nest and Home customers will be able to breathe a sigh of relief instead of trying to find white noise generators online.