Nest Stories September 10

Google is preparing to open a “Preview Program” for the Home app on Android, which would give early access to new features for your smart home — here’s how to sign up.

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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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Nest Stories July 27, 2020

Google Assistant devices have a certain level of access to your account, and if you sell them off or stop using them, revoking access to your account isn’t a bad idea. However, if you revoke access to your Google account, some Assistant devices can end up wrecking your smart home setup, including Nest.

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Nest Stories July 24, 2020

Google’s Nest thermostats make it easy to control the temperature of your home remotely, but that all relies on a wireless connection. Over the past few months, some Nest owners have encountered a “w5” error with wi-fi which cuts off all remote connections.

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Nest Stories February 11, 2020

Two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to keep yourself safe online, but many users don’t turn on the optional feature. Starting this spring, Google will require all Nest users to enable two-factor authentication.

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Nest Stories August 20, 2019

Yesterday’s Nest app update brought with it the ability to migrate your Nest account to Google, for better or worse. This Nest 5.38 update also has the beginnings of glass break detection for Nest Guard.

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True to its word, Google is starting to migrate Nest accounts over to Google accounts. While that’s a positive change in some ways, IFTTT is warning Nest users that Google account migration will break their integration in a way that can’t be reversed.

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Nest Stories July 9, 2019

The Nest Hello doorbell already offers a wide variety of security monitoring tools, but now Google is bringing in more of its camera software prowess. Version 5.37 of the Nest app for Android indicates that the Hello doorbell cam will be getting package delivery and pickup detection.

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Nest Stories June 24, 2019

Since I/O 2019, standalone Nest branding has been aggressively phased out. Learning about and buying products is now on the Google Store, while support is from Google Help. Another change saw the old Nest logo removed from camera streams.

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Nest Stories June 20, 2019

Update: Google told The Verge that it has now fixed the problem.

We were recently made aware of an issue affecting some Nest cameras connected to third-party partner services via Works with Nest. We’ve since rolled out a fix for this issue that will update automatically, so if you own a Nest camera, there’s no need to take any action.

Used Nest cams allow the original owner to spy on whoever buys them. The problem was discovered by a former owner of the popular Nest Cam Indoor.

Worryingly, the behavior survives the official reset procedure, and right now there appears to be no fix available for it …

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Nest Stories June 18, 2019

The Google Nest rebranding continues today with being replaced by the Google Store. Over the weekend, we spotted stickers renaming the Home Hub to Nest Hub, and yesterday the Google Nest Help Center launched.

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Nest Stories June 16, 2019

In late May, the FCC revealed a new Nest Cam Indoor amid earlier rumors that an updated security camera would be available as part of Made by Google’s 2019 lineup. A new Nest Cam Outdoor today arrived at the regulatory agency.

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Nest Stories June 7, 2019

Nest Hello Video Doorbell gets a ‘Made for Google’ indoor power adapter

The Nest Hello Video Doorbell needs a constant wired power in order to function, but the device only ships with the ability to draw that power from existing doorbell wires. Now, there’s a third-party indoor power adapter for the Nest Hello that draws power from a standard outlet inside of your home.

Nest Stories June 2, 2019

Google powers some of the biggest servers on the web today, so anytime there’s even a small outage it can cause trouble for users. This afternoon, several of the company’s services are down including Search, Nest, YouTube, Gmail, and more.

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Nest Stories May 16, 2019

Last week at Google I/O, some new details regarding the Nest brand were shared. Specifically, Google announced that it was bringing the Nest and Home brands under one roof as “Google Nest.” One change that had users up in arms, though, was the shutdown of the “Works with Nest” program. Today, Google has posted an update on what that shutdown means.

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Nest Stories May 7, 2019

At I/O 2019, Google announced that moving forward its smart home products would be branded under “Nest.” The Home Hub became the Nest Hub, while the first product from this initiative is the Nest Hub Max. Meanwhile, Google confirmed that Home speakers will get Nest branding in the future, while Nest Accounts will be migrated to Google Accounts to address recent security issues.

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Nest Stories April 23, 2019

For the past several months, Nest has been plagued with stories about its cameras getting “hacked.” The underlying issue is bad password management and reuse, with Google encouraging 2FA and actively reseting compromised passwords. A new report today reveals that Nest accounts could eventually use Google log-ins.

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Nest Stories March 11, 2019

According to reports over the past week, Nest is making changes to how its operates customer support. The end result is over 300 job cuts to third-party call centers that Nest contracts with in California and Ireland.

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Nest Stories February 27, 2019

Earlier this month, Google announced Assistant for the Nest Secure, and with it the fact that the Nest Guard contains a microphone. According to Google, that feature was “never supposed to be a secret,” but the company’s lack of transpaccy has sparked a privacy outcry. The latest involves the U.S. Senate sending a letter to Sundar Pichai asking for more details.

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Nest Stories February 20, 2019

Nest Secure microphone was ‘never supposed to be a secret,’ meant for detection features

Earlier this month, Google announced that the Nest Secure can double as a Google Assistant device for quick voice commands. This is due to the Nest Guard featuring an on-device microphone that was previously — and accidentally — not disclosed, with some criticizing Google for its “error.”

Nest Stories February 15, 2019

Nest resetting compromised passwords instead of just recommending users do so

Following stories of Nest devices getting “hacked” due to bad password management, Google reiterated that there was no actual breach of the company’s smart home devices and encouraged users to enable 2FA. The Google owned-company is now resetting passwords on accounts that it believes are compromised.

Nest Stories February 6, 2019

Over the past several weeks, a handful of local stories have emerged about Nest owners being “hacked” and harassed through their smart home. Despite the headlines, these incidents have been due to bad password management, and not Nest being compromised. Google today sent out an email to customers reiterating that this is the case, and advising users to enable two-factor authentication.

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Nest Stories February 4, 2019

Google Assistant speakers come in all shapes and sizes, and I think one of the most clever uses is that of the Nest Cam IQ. Now, Nest Secure is getting an update which enables that same functionality, turning the home security system into yet another Google Assistant speaker for your home.

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Nest Stories January 23, 2019

How to turn on two-step authentication on Nest to secure your cameras, locks, more

Security is important both on and offline. Nest has a great collection of products from cameras to alarm systems to help you secure your home, but those products are only as secure as your account. Given recent “hacks,” it’s probably a good idea to turn on two-step authentication on your Nest account. Here’s how.

A California family recently had a major scare when their Nest Cam started yelling out a nuclear missile warning, warning the family that North Korea had launched ICBMs towards the United States. What was first assumed a terrifying hack, though, turns out to simply be a case of poor password management.

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Nest Stories January 10, 2019

Last year, Amazon made waves in the smart home space by acquiring Ring for over $1 billion. Known for home security doorbells, a new report today claims that the company has a lax stance towards privacy that allowed more employees than seemingly necessary to access customers’ live camera feeds.

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Nest Stories November 27, 2018

Nest powers a lot of aspects of the smart home system of millions of users. However, despite generally being fairly reliable, Nest is down for many users at the moment.

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Nest Stories November 23, 2018

Google makes some of the best and most popular smart home devices on the market. From Google Home Hub to the Nest x Yale door lock, the ecosystem is one of the — if not the — most comprehensive out there. The prices this holiday shopping season, but particularly this Black Friday 2018 weekend, make now a better time than ever to go all-in…

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Nest Stories November 7, 2018

Google is working on a rebrand of its Nest line of smart home products, according to a source. The discussions are still early, our source warned, and it’s still unclear when such a change would actually see the light of day.

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Nest Stories October 10, 2018

Nest Thermostat quietly launches in three fancy new color variants

Nest is becoming a more important part of Google, and yesterday amidst the company’s many other announcements, a bit of Nest news was quietly detailed. Nest Learning Thermostat now comes in three new color finishes.

Nest Stories October 2, 2018

The Nest Thermostat E launched last year in the U.S. with a new design, similar functionality, and more affordable price. Today, Nest is finally launching the cheaper smart thermostat in Europe.

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Nest Stories September 7, 2018

Google partners with KB Home to bring Assistant, Google WiFi, Nest to new homes

The Internet of Things is rapidly growing in popularity, and Google has played a big part in expanding that. Now, the company is announcing a partnership that will bring connected devices to the home from the moment it is built.

Nest Stories August 28, 2018

Nest x Yale Lock integrating with Google Assistant for voice commands & Routines

Back in March, Nest finally launched its smart door lock developed in partnership with Yale. Already integrating with the rest of the Nest Secure ecosystem, it is now adding support for Google Assistant voice commands and Routines.

Nest Stories July 17, 2018

Back in February, Google announced that Nest would return after a stint as an independent Alphabet company. The smart home maker joined the hardware division to drive closer integration, with Google today revealing that Nest will be a part of the home and living room team. Rishi Chandra will still lead that group at the expense of Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz.

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Nest Stories June 11, 2018

Nest Secure gets permanent price drop down to $399 from original $499

Late last year, Nest unveiled its home security system called Secure. While intriguing, the most significant barrier to getting started was Secure’s $499 price tag. Starting today, Nest has permanently lowered the security system’s price by $100, making it financially easier to purchase.

Nest Stories April 19, 2018

The smart home is often touted as delivering conveniences like automation and remote control. One often overlooked aspect of installing a smart thermostat is power savings, with Nest launching a new Power Project initiative to help low-income Americans with their electric bills.

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Nest Stories April 16, 2018

In 2016, Nokia acquired Withings for $191 million to form a new digital health division. However, the reborn Finish company announced a “strategic review” in February, with a leaked memo revealing that the business was financially struggling. A new report today suggests that Google is a possible bidder for Nokia Health.

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Nest Stories April 4, 2018

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I’ve been Nest-ifying my house lately. First came the Nest Thermostat E, then came the Nest Secure, then came a couple Nest Cam IQs (still working on installing the outdoor model…), and this week I’ve topped things off with a Nest Protect.

I’m going to dive deeper into my experiences with Nest Cam and Nest Secure in forthcoming episodes, but this morning I felt compelled to write about the most recent addition to the group: Protect. Actually, I haven’t even “used” it, and that’s part of the point I want to make here.

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Security is really important in this day and age, and that’s true both in our online lives and in our homes. To make home security a breeze, Nest has become a hub for everything from security cameras to video doorbells. Last year, it also launched the Nest Secure alarm system, and now that’s getting integration with Google Assistant.

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Nest Stories March 23, 2018

Nest has massively expanded its lineup of products this year, but one of our favorites is still the Nest Cam IQ. The company’s high-end indoor security camera can do some impressive things, like double as a Google Assistant speaker, but oddly it lacks simple things in the box, or at least, it did.

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Nest Stories March 19, 2018

Before last week, I had very little first-hand experience with smart home products. I guess it really depends on how you define a smart home product, as I’ve had ample time with smart speakers like the Google Home, mesh WiFi systems like the Google Wifi, and plenty of others. But prototypical smart home products, like the Nest Thermostat, Philips Hue bulbs, or the August smart lock, have been mostly foreign to me up to this point. Now, that’s changing.

I figured many readers here are probably in the same boat. You’ve heard of all these products, but maybe you live in an apartment that doesn’t let you make the necessary changes. Or maybe you’ve thought about diving in for a while, but have never been able to justify the costs. Regardless, I thought I’d share my journey with you, starting with the Nest Thermostat E.

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Nest Stories March 15, 2018

Hidden in today’s announcement regarding Nest Hello and Nest x Yale lock availability, Nest has debuted an altogether new product. Called the Nest Temperature Sensor, it’s a cheap add-on for your Nest Thermostat or Nest Thermostat E to prioritize temperatures in specific rooms.

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First announced last fall, the Nest Hello smart doorbell is now available to buy at various retailers and at Nest’s website. The Nest x Yale Lock is now available via Nest’s online store as well.

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Nest Stories March 4, 2018

Following a number of Google Assistant announcements at MWC 2018, the company tonight highlighted its smart assistant at the Oscars. The rather long ad showcased a variety of use cases where Assistant would be helpful, while Nest also advertised its upcoming smart Hello doorbell.

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Nest Stories March 2, 2018

As a result of Google and Amazon’s feud, YouTube is not available on the latter’s Echo or Fire TV devices. One area of contention is the availability of Nest smart home products and a new report today details the discussion between the two companies, and reveals possible involvement by Jeff Bezos.

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Nest Stories February 8, 2018

Following yesterday’s news of Nest returning to Google and merging with the hardware division, chief product officer Matt Rogers announced today that he will soon be departing the company. Co-founding the company with Tony Fadell in 2010, he will help facilitate the transition and aid in future development before leaving.

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Nest Stories February 7, 2018

Last November, a Nest merger into Google’s hardware division was rumored given the increased areas of overlap in the smart home. Today, the two are officially “join[ing] forces” to bolster Google’s hardware efforts.

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Nest Stories December 5, 2017

Back in November, YouTube finally returned to the Echo Show as a basic web wrapper of the desktop site. Today, tensions between Google and Amazon have escalated, resulting in the removal of YouTube from the screened Echo device and more critically the Fire TV line of streaming devices

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