Talk to Your Nest Cam IQ With Google Assistant

Talk to Your Nest Cam IQ With Google Assistant

There's one place you haven't seen the Assistant, though: a camera.

Nest Cam IQ owners can install a free software update starting today to enable Google (GOOG, GOOGL) Assistant.

The Cam IQ will get the Google Assistant via an update to the Nest app, and while it's now the only product in Nest's lineup to support this feature, it's expected to expand to more Nest hardware as time goes on. It's already a best-in-class security camera with top-of-its-class smarts. To try it out, just say "Hey Google" or "OK Google", followed by a question or command like "make it warmer".

With Nest relinquishing its self-determination to its former and now current parent company Google, it was about time that we started seeing the "Googlefication" of Nest products.

Along with the software update, Nest is adding a new $5 / 5-day subscription plan to its Nest Aware video upload service. Going forward, those alerts should be more accurate, as the Nest Aware can now tell the difference between people and things. This joins the existing plans which are priced at $10/month (10 days) and $30/month (30 days).

Lastly, Nest Aware is getting its cheapest subscription plan to-date.

The Nest Cam IQ with the Google Assistant update will let you set reminders, ask questions, play music if you're Ok with a limited speaker and even control your smart home devices like Hue light bulbs or other Nest products with Assistant integration like the Nest Thermostat - which isn't available to purchase in Australia. The camera can now differentiate between a person and a thing in motion zones and has improved facial recognition. With more flexible options and precise, effortless monitoring, keeping track of what's up at home - and what went down - has never been easier.

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