Google Nest Stories December 3

Google’s Nest Doorbell lineup provides useful features and software that’s getting a whole lot better, but as colder temperatures start to arrive for many, it’s a good time to remember that the Nest Doorbell (battery) does not hold up very well in the cold.

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Google Nest Stories December 2

The Nest Doorbell (wired) supports a traditional doorbell chime, but you can now buy one as an add-on to your system to make things a bit more flexible.

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Google Nest Stories November 17

If you use Netflix on Google devices and have been running into issues lately, you’re not alone. Netflix integration with Google products and the Google Home app is largely broken right now.

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Google Nest Stories November 15

Google appears to be preparing a next-generation Nest smart speaker with support for ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity, likely matching the “Handoff” feature of Apple’s HomePod.

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Google Nest Stories November 11

The Google Home app started off as a solid way to manage your smart home devices, but as it has been flooded with new hardware and taken on the legacy of Nest, it hasn’t felt as though it was keeping up. Now, Google is moving toward a new Google Home app that makes some big promises, and we’ve spent a couple of days gathering a few first impressions.

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Google Nest Stories November 4

The Nest brand has long been known for providing easy to use hardware and software for building out a smarter home. But that’s a reputation that Google’s takeover and reboot of the brand has somewhat tarnished, and one area that’s easily felt is when comparing feature parity. One example that’s exceptionally frustrating to me is that the new Nest Cam, Doorbell, and other products require a full reset for something as simple as changing Wi-Fi networks.

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Google Nest Stories October 27

It’s taken well over a year, but Google’s new Nest cameras finally have a Google Home web app. The experience is still rolling out, but here’s a quick look at what you can expect.

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Google Nest Stories October 26

The Google Home app will work fully with older Nest cameras ‘next year’ – what you need to know

Ever since Google introduced a new lineup of Nest cameras to its smart-home lineup, there’s been a ton of confusion around the Google Home app, the Nest app, and which Nest Cam works where. Consider this your definitive guide.

Google Nest Stories October 25

As part of announcing the rebuilt Home app, Google reiterated that the website to view camera feeds was coming “in a few weeks.” “Google Home for web” is now rolling out this week and should be widely available by the next one.

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Google Nest Stories October 22

Over the past few years, video doorbells have become commonplace, and Google’s Nest Doorbell lineup has long been among the best of the best. Following its brand new battery-powered doorbell last year, the new Nest Doorbell (wired) replaces Nest Hello. Is it worth the upgrade? Let’s talk.

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Google Nest Stories October 20

Google Nest services are experiencing a partial outage this afternoon as many users are seeing live feeds from their cameras go down.

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Google Nest Stories October 17

Some Google Nest cameras appear to be struggling with night vision after recent updates

Google’s new Nest cameras are set to get some major software upgrades in the coming months, but a firmware update seems to be causing night vision issues now for some users.

Google Nest Stories October 5

I’ve been all-in on Google’s smart home ecosystem for the past several years, but with the soft reboot in 2021, things started falling apart, and frankly, I was getting tired of it. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been prepared to throw out my entire Nest ecosystem and move on to something else. But with new hardware and a revamped app that shows the company is actually listening to customers, Google just earned a second chance.

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Google Nest Stories October 4

Google is expanding support for its initiative to help you save money and use renewable energy with the Nest Thermostat, as Nest Renew is now available to anyone in the US.

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Matter is a new standard for smart home devices that’s making huge promises for the future, and Google is a core part of that. Alongside the announcement of its revamped Google Home app, the company is also confirming this week that it will update its Nest speakers, smart displays, and routers to help control Matter devices. It’s also showing off how you’ll be able to set up Matter devices from Android.

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Ahead of the launch of Matter and its smart home reinvention later this year, Google has some big new announcements for the Google Home app, including support for a website where you’ll be able to view live feeds for Nest cameras, and unlock more powerful script editor automation in the future.

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If you’ve purchased any of Google’s new Nest cameras in the past year, you’re probably familiar with the awful experience that comes with trying to view recordings. With its redesigned Google Home app, the company is finally fixing the problem by stealing the history page from the old Nest app.

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In addition to the Nest Wifi Pro and new Doorbell (wired), the expected Google Home app redesign was officially announced with “customization and personalization a core principle”. It’s a big overhaul, and you can sign up now for the preview program starting today. 

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Google Nest Stories October 2

Back in September, the Google Home app leaked the new wired Nest Doorbell that the company pre-announced last year. It’s already showing up in stores with availability as soon as this week.

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Google Nest Stories September 20

The beauty of smart home systems like Google Home is that you can connect tons of different devices from a plethora of different manufacturers. How well those devices work with Google Home is a complicated matter, however. We’ll go over cameras that work well with the Google Home app and how to take advantage of any Google Home device.

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Google Nest Stories September 18

Back in June, we reported that Google was working on a new Wi-Fi 6 router, and it has now leaked as the “Nest Wifi Pro.”

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Google Nest Stories September 13

Working with The National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) and the Asian American Federation, Google wants to “provide security devices and resources to AAPI-owned small businesses” in the form of Nest Cam Kits. 

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Google Nest Stories September 10

Just under a year ago, Google announced that it will be “launching a 2nd generation of Nest Doorbell (wired) in 2022.” Ahead of the October 6 event, which will feature smart home products, the latest version of the Google Home app reveals the new wired Nest Doorbell in its (visual) entirety.

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Google Nest Stories September 7

In August of 2020, Google announced a $450 million partnership with ADT and is now committing another $150 million. Meanwhile, the security company is now partnering with insurance provider State Farm.

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Google Nest Stories September 6

Google primarily teased the Pixel 7, 7 Pro, and Watch in announcing its October 6 event this morning, but it will also introduce the “latest smart home devices from Nest.”

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Google Nest Stories August 31

Google’s Nest Doorbell is a solid option for adding a camera and smart alerts throughout your home, even if home is an apartment. Now, Google has confirmed this year’s holiday schedule for seasonal Nest Doorbell ringtones.

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Google Nest Stories August 1

Ahead of this fall’s Made by Google event, a new “Wireless Device” has shown up at the FCC, which could be a new product for the company’s Nest lineup.

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Google Nest Stories July 28

View your Nest cameras right from your Chromecast with Google TV: Here’s how

In a recent update to Chromecast with Google TV, users can finally view their new Nest camera’s live view right from the TV. This feature allows you to see what’s going around your home right from the couch without skipping a beat. Here’s how you can do it on your Chromecast.

Google Nest Stories July 27

Google feels it is ‘important’ to be able to share Nest Cam recording with police, but never has [U]

Having a security camera in or around your home can be both useful and a source of peace of mind, but there’s always a concern that the footage captured could end up somewhere you don’t intend it to. As it turns out, with Google’s Nest cameras, some emergency situations can result in Google handing recordings to police upon request, even without a warrant.

Google Nest Stories July 12

How to view and manage your Google Nest Camera or Nest Doorbell video recordings

Did something happen and you need to download the video your Nest Camera captured? Or did someone drop by and leave a voice message on your Nest Doorbell? In either situation, viewing and exporting your Google Nest Doorbell and Nest Camera video recordings would be your next move. Here’s how to do that.

Google Nest Stories July 8

Last year, Google refreshed the Nest camera lineup for the first time in several years, but it also came with a change on the software side of things. The Google Home app is supposed to replace the Nest app, but the transition period has been a maddening limbo. Nearly a year later, virtually nothing has changed on that front either.

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Google Nest Stories July 6

Google released its first battery-powered Nest Cam last year, but using the camera solely on battery power tends to take away from the experience. With the addition of a solar panel, however, the Nest Cam not only gets a steady source of power but also better overall functionality.

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Google Nest Stories June 1

Nest down and offline for some, no outage reported on status site

Since last night, some Nest users have had their cameras and other smart home devices go down and have remained offline since. However, this outage appears to be somewhat limited in nature to the (US) West Coast.

Google Nest Stories May 3

Following last year’s introduction of revamped Cams and Doorbell, Google is now letting Amazon users control 2021 Nest products with Alexa.

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Google Nest Stories April 21

Following last week’s spotlight and initial discount, the Google Store is running a number of Nest smart home deals for Earth Day. 

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Google Nest Stories April 5

Last year, Google introduced a new Bug Hunters platform to encompass all its Vulnerability Reward Programs. An expanded “Android and Google Devices Security Reward Program” now brings Nest and Fitbit into the fold with Pixel.

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Google Nest Stories March 24

To date, Google has released three Assistant Smart Displays. 9to5Google can now report that the company is working on a new Nest Hub for 2022 with a dockable tablet form factor where the screen detaches from a base/speaker.

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Google Nest Stories February 18

Over cold Winter months, many owners of Google’s new battery-powered Nest Doorbell and Nest Cameras have found that severe battery drain and slow charging are commonplace as cold temperatures set in. Now, Google is clarifying how these products should work in low temperatures.

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Google Nest Stories February 4

Google Nest Doorbell gets two limited-time ringtones for Lunar New Year

The Google Nest Doorbell got a refresh last year with a new battery-powered model and also the promise of new support. Now, the Google Nest Doorbell is getting a couple of limited-time ringtones for the Lunar New Year.

Google Nest Stories January 21

While they have their shortcomings, there’s a lot to love about Google’s latest lineup of Nest Cameras and the new Nest Doorbell, the battery especially. However, it seems a lot of Nest Camera and Nest Doorbell owners up north are having battery issues in the cold weather with these products.

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Google Nest Stories January 13

Google Assistant speakers and Chromecast-compatible products were hit with some big changes last week, as Google lost a lawsuit from Sonos that required the company to make some changes. Now, the “Device Utility” app Google built to work around those changes is being review-bombed as users express their discontent with the alterations.

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Google Nest Stories December 16, 2021

The latest batch of Google Nest cameras bring a lot to the table when it comes to new features, but as we’ve said in our reviews so far, they’re held back by the Google Home app. Luckily, Google is working on it. Today, Google is rolling out an update that brings navigation controls to the event timeline in the Home app for Nest cameras.

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Google Nest Stories December 9, 2021

Apple Music for Google Nest, Home is now available in Canada & 4 more countries

A year after Apple Music first became available on Google Nest and Home devices, the streaming service is now supported in five more countries. 

Google Nest Stories December 3, 2021

Do-it-yourself home security has been the way to go for many, with the costs of cameras and other smart home gear coming down and getting more reliable. Google’s Nest lineup has long been among the best in this arena even though it comes at a cost. After several years, Google is finally refreshing its Nest Cam lineup with the arrival of a brand-new lineup that’s headlined by the Nest Cam (battery). Is it a worthwhile upgrade? Let’s dig in.

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Google Nest Stories December 2, 2021

As has been the case for a few years running, Google is currently rolling out its holiday-themed ringtones to Nest Doorbells, this year with a special addition.

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Google Nest Stories November 18, 2021

Smart home cameras are an easy way to add a layer of security to your home or to just keep an eye on things remotely. Google’s Nest Cam lineup has long fulfilled that purpose, but in the six years since its previous indoor camera release, the competition has stepped up. Finally, Google has released a new Nest Cam (wired) for a lower price than ever, but the choice isn’t as clear as it used to be.

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Google Nest Stories November 3, 2021

[Update: Fixed] Google Nest outage taking some Cams, Secure/Guards, and Thermostats offline

Owners of various Google Nest products this evening are reporting sporadic outages with their smart home devices. While not all users are impacted, a wide range of devices are going offline. 

Google Nest Stories November 1, 2021

After leaving its lineup stagnant for years, Google finally brought new Nest products to the market this year in the form of new cameras and an updated doorbell. However, Google is also in the process of moving Nest owners from one app to another, and in the meantime, owners with both generations of products are left in a place where everything is confusing and frustrating.

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