Nest Cam IQ Google Assistant update makes camera a smart speaker

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

The security camera that's also your personal assistant.

Google clearly has a goal of putting the Google Assistant just about everywhere.

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This new integration makes Nest Cam IQ the "first security camera to have the Google Assistant built in", Veron added.

Even if Google's assistant doesn't eavesdrop, its presence on an indoor security camera is likely to focus more attention on the handling and protection of the data collected through Internet-connected devices.

The light-ring around the Nest Cam IQ - now only really used during the setup process - will illuminate when the camera is listening.

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With the update, you'll be able to speak the usual "OK Google" commands, and the blue ring around the Nest Cam IQ will light up to show it's listening.

"Once devices have received the update, they can perform the same tasks as any other tech with Google Assistant on board". The current plans are still available, with $10/month offering 10-days of cloud storage, and $30/month for 30-days of storage.

It should be no surprise to see Nest and Google products working more closely together, as Nest was recently demoted from standalone Alphabet company to Google subsidiary. It appears Nest missed the deadline, but the company says it's now ready to deliver the over-the-air update starting today. A odd exclusion given most people would love to cast their Nest Cam to their TV - perhaps in the next update.

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In addition, Google has announced that it has added a new plan to its 24/7 Nest Aware continuous video recording subscription service. The camera can now differentiate between a person and a thing in motion zones and has improved facial recognition.



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