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Nest Cam IQ Google Assistant update makes camera a smart speaker

Nest Cam IQ Google Assistant update makes camera a smart speaker You Can Now Talk to Your Nest Security Camera
Troy Mann | 22 February, 2018, 01:13

The blue glow means it's recording.

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.

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. Today you can find it in smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs, watches, smart speakers, headphones and soon, smart displays. But Nest Cam IQ Indoor is the first Nest product to offer built-in Google Assistant. The device is now basically a mini Google Home with a camera on top.

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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. Keep in mind Alphabet recently announced it will fold Nest into its Google hardware team, instead of operating it separately. The feature comes with Nest's subscription service, called Nest Aware, which will now also let you merge redundant facial recognition libraries to cut down on the number of photos your Nest accesses to identify familiar people. The current plans are still available, with $10/month offering 10-days of cloud storage, and $30/month for 30-days of storage. Person alerts can now tell the difference between a person and a thing in your Activity Zones.

The $300 Nest Cam will give Google another potentially valuable earhole in its battle with Amazon and Apple to build digital command centers in people's home.

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