Nest has a press conference planned for June 17th, but Tony Fadell and company haven’t mentioned—nor hinted—up to this point what they might be working on. Possibilities range from a refreshed Nest Thermostat, to new hardware for the company’s Protect CO2 and smoke alarm, to new Dropcam hardware, to a sweet new smart mailbox (maybe based on Google’s April Fools joke from earlier this year?).
Reports have claimed that the Google-owned company has an entire lineup of new hardware in the works, including new versions of all of these products (sans the mailbox, of course). We can corroborate this information, as we’ve also heard from people familiar with the products in testing that Nest does indeed have new hardware being trialled in small groups, along with a brand new app that will tie everything together…
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From what we understand there are three new pieces of hardware being tested in the wild: a new Nest Thermostat, a refreshed Nest Protect, and a new Dropcam that has been made to work in harmony with both of Nest’s current primary products. From a logical standpoint, refreshes across the board being tested isn’t exactly surprising considering none of these products have changed much in more than a year.
We’ve heard that the refreshed Nest thermostat has a new base that supports more HVAC systems—assumably to up the current 95% of homes that Nest says the thermostat supports. Additionally, the device is said to have a thinner physical profile, a better screen than the current model, and upgraded internals (including a faster processor). Information is light on both the new Protect and Dropcam at the moment, although we did notice a device likely to be a Dropcam go through the FCC earlier this week.
The app, branded as a one-stop shop for all of your Nest products, allegedly serves as a hub for managing both your Nest Thermostat and Protect, as well as the upcoming Dropcam. Appropriately, the app also sports a visual redesign, which—interestingly—isn’t Material. The app was last updated on the Play Store in February of 2015 with some bug fixes, and it’s starting to look a little dated. Although it’s odd that a Google-owned company wouldn’t go with Material at this point, a redesign would definitely be welcome.
We can’t confirm at this point that Nest plans to announce these products on June 17th, but it would certainly make sense. The company has been very quiet since its acquisition by Google, and this is the first time that it’s really going to take the stage and show off what it has been doing under its new ownership. Completely refreshing the entire lineup would make sense, and all evidence points to Dropcam finally joining the Nest family—beyond the $555 million acquisition that occurred on paper in the summer of last year.
If we’re lucky, we’ll be hearing more about how Brillo and Weave might be tying into all of these products.