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Nest Cam IQ gets “OK Google” support, lower monthly fee

Enlarge / The Nest Cam IQ. The blue glow means that it is recording.

Ron Amadeo

Google has a clear goal to put the Google Assistant pretty much everywhere. Today, you can find it in mobile phones tablets notebooks Televisions watches smart speakers headphones and soon, smart displays . There is one place where you have not seen the wizard, however: a camera. Today, Google corrects this situation by updating Next Cam IQ support with Google Assistant. The device is now basically a mini Google Home with a camera on top.

The Nest Cam IQ is Nest's high-end indoor camera, with a 4K sensor and an incredibly powerful six-core processor (for a camera). All this power is put to contribute so that the 4K video is reduced to a more reasonable size of 1080p, with the 4K sensor used to feed the function "digital zoom 12x" available for its application. The Nest Cam IQ has always been equipped with a microphone and a speaker for remote communication, and now it will also be put to work to power your usual Google Assistant controls.

With the update, you'll be able to use the usual "OK Google" commands, and the blue ring around the Nest Cam IQ will turn on to indicate that you're listening to it. Like all other devices in the Google Assistant, it supports issues, smart home controls, shopping lists, product purchase, Chromecasts control and twenty others. things.

It's not surprising to see Nest products and Google working more closely together, since Nest has recently been downgraded from Autonomous Alphabet to Google's affiliate. In addition to ending Nest's tumultuous series as an alphabet company, the move also allows Nest to merge with the Google Hardware team and create products that work better together.

Of course, the big disadvantage of Nest Cam IQ is the price, both initial and ongoing: $ 300 for a camera, and you have to pay a monthly "Nest Aware" subscription for each camera in order to get it back. record video. The 10-day video history costs $ 10 per month (or $ 100 per year) for the first camera and $ 5 per month (or $ 50 per year) for each additional camera, while a plan of 30 day registration costs $ 30 per month ($ 300 per year) for the first camera and $ 15 per month (or $ 150 per year) for each additional camera. Today, Nest announces even lower subscription fees: a $ 5 monthly fee for five days of registration.

A cloud powered camera is pretty cool and with the current package of updates, Nest is improving the Nest Aware service with two new features. There is a face recognition on several cameras, so a photo of someone outside the house can be compared to a person inside the house, and a person alert to inside the activity zones. specific area.

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