Nest Stories March 19

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

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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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

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

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

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

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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