Nest Cam IQ Google Assistant update makes camera a smart speaker

Audrey Hill
February 22, 2018

Nest is rolling out a free software update that will add support for Google Assistant to the Nest Cam IQ indoor, allowing it to "answer questions, control your home, and manage tasks", Nest Director of Product Marketing Maxime Veron wrote in a blog post.

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. It is worth noting, though, that the outdoor versions of the security camera is not getting this particular update.

Last September, Nest officially announced that it was planning on updating its Cam IQ indoor security camera to add Google Assistant. It's already a best-in-class security camera with top-of-its-class smarts.

While the Assistant integration seems fairly complete, there doesn't appear to be any controls for controlling the Nest Cam IQ itself. Or ask your Assistant to create calendar appointments and reminders. On the down side, we noted that it's on the pricey side at $299, and many features require a Nest Aware subscription. The 10-day video history costs $10 a month (or $100 a year) for the first camera and $5 a month (or $50 a year) for every additional camera, while a 30-day recording plan costs $30 a month (or $300 a year) for the first camera and $15 a month (or $150 a year) for each additional camera. Additionally, Nest is also tweaking its subscription service tiers, with a new $5/month plan for five days of cloud storage.

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Nest Aware customers also have access to two new features.

But the new, lower monthly plan isn't all that's new with Nest Aware; Person alerts are now available via your Activity Zone and you'll be able to "merge duplicate familiar faces of the same person" when it comes to your photo collections.

So don't miss those important moments.

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