Nest Cam gets Google Assistant for Home experience

Nest Cam gets Google Assistant for Home experience

Nest Cam gets Google Assistant for Home experience

The over-the-air update is being beamed down to the cameras as we speak.

Today Google is fixing that by updating the Next Cam IQ with Google Assistant support.

Google's voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest's deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding Internet-connected microphones. Now, after being announced past year, an update is turning Nest's best camera into a Google Assistant speaker. And the Google Assistant will add a whole new level of intelligence by helping answer questions, control your home, and manage tasks.

The virtual assistant is being offered to owners of the Nest Cam IQ in a free update that rolled out Wednesday. Or ask your Assistant to create calendar appointments and reminders. If you want to use it, you'll need to go into the Nest app's settings and choose "connect Google Assistant" to turn it on. Find out more here.

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The company is also adding a $5 plan to its Nest Aware subscription service offering five days of 24/7 recording. That is in addition to the $10/month for 10 days of uploading, and $30/month for 30 days of uploading options that are already available. Going forward, those alerts should be more accurate, as the Nest Aware can now tell the difference between people and things.

Lastly, Nest Aware is getting its cheapest subscription plan to-date. Nest says it's also adding the ability for its cameras to distinguish human beings and objects in so-called Activity Zones, which are designated areas in your camera's line of sight where you suspect motion might occur.

With the Google Assistant update, Nest Cam IQ owners will be able to access the same version of Google's voice-based AI that lives on Android, iOS, and Google Home devices.

So don't miss those important moments.

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