Nest Cam gets Google Assistant for Home experience

Ismael LynchFeb 22, 2018

Privacy watchdogs are particularly anxious that Google may eventually use some of the information collected from devices inside homes to get a better understanding of a person's specific interests so it can sell ads for products that the targeted individual might like.

The virtual assistant is being offered to owners of the Nest Cam IQ in a free update, rolling out on Wednesday. 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. It's already a best-in-class security camera with top-of-its-class smarts. Just like the Google Home, this means you can now use voice commands to ask the Nest Cam IQ about the weather, set timers, check on the traffic to work, and more by first saying "Ok, Google" and then whatever you'd like to say.

Even if Google's assistant does not eavesdrop, its presence on an indoor security camera is likely to focus more attention on the handling and protection of the data collected through internet-connected devices.

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. Find out more here.

The company is also adding a $5 plan to its Nest Aware subscription service offering five days of 24/7 recording.

A cloud-powered camera is pretty cool, and with today's batch of updates, Nest is improving the Nest Aware service with two new features. And if you have a Nest Cam IQ indoor or outdoor camera, Nest Aware will now be able to merge duplicate familiar faces of the same person within your photo collections. 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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