Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Google's digital assistant branches out to Nest camera

Google's digital assistant branches out to Nest camera

The blue glow means it's recording.

Today Google is fixing that by updating the Next Cam IQ with Google Assistant support.

The Nest Cam IQ is Nest's top-of-the-line indoor camera, with a 4K sensor and an outrageously powerful (for a camera) six-core processor.

The security camera that's also your personal assistant.

The assistant is only supposed to be activated with keywords such as "OK, Google", although there have been instances when the Home speaker has been caught listening when it was supposed to be turned off. The device is now basically a mini Google Home with a camera on top.

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For security reasons, this feature will only be available on the indoor version of Nest Cam IQ, Nest said.

Today Nest officially announced that it is sending out the OTA update to the Cam IQ security camera which will bring Google Assistant into the mix.

"Once devices have received the update, they can perform the same tasks as any other tech with Google Assistant on board". A $10 plan offers 10 days of nonstop surveillance; get 30 days for $30. The latest fruit of Google's decision to welcome Nest back into the fold, after it absorbed the formerly standalone Alphabet business earlier this month, it turns the connected camera into a smart speaker.

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.

In addition to the Google Assistant update, Nest is also adding a new $5 plan to its Nest Aware subscription service that gets you five days of video uploading, compared with the current $10 / 10-day and $30 / 30-day plans. The over-the-air update is being beamed down to the cameras as we speak. Person alerts can now tell the difference between a person and a thing in your Activity Zones.

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