Google is rolling out new functionality for its $400 Nest Secure home security system. The company has sent out an over the air software update which adds Google Assistant to this device. This feature will enable users to talk directly through their Nest Guard hub and keypad.
Users will now find the Google Assistant available on their Nest Guard. They will be able to ask questions like “Hey Google, do I need an umbrella today?” before they set an alarm and leave the house. The Nest Guard is essentially the brain of the home security setup. It has a keypad and the smarts that run this system. It’s normally placed in a spot in the house from where one enters or exits the building.
With Google Assistant on the Nest Guard, users can get information about traffic conditions, flight status, the weather, and more. They will also be able to easily control their compatible smart home devices. So arming Nest Secure is as simple as giving a voice command and so is initiating a routine that, for example, turns the lights on and the Nest Thermostat up when you walk in and say “Hey Google, I’m home.”
Users should keep in mind that Google Assistant for Nest Secure is an opt-in feature. As it goes live, users will receive an email with instructions on how to enable the feature and turn the microphone on using the Nest app. There’s one on-device microphone on the Nest Guard that’s disabled by default.