Since Nest launched its home security system Nest Secure, It has made minor updates you’d expect from a modern smart home device. Nest Secure has supported Google Assistant integration for quite some time, but with this most recent update, the product is taking that to a new level by turning itself into a Google Assistant speaker. With a new over-the-air update and flip of a switch in the Nest app, it turns your Nest Guard into a Home Mini, an always-listening Assistant speaker.
Nest Secure can now be turned into another Google Assistant speaker for your home
An update is rolling out to Nest Secure, that turns the Nest Guard into a full-fledged Google Assistant device. This is similar to the Next Cam IQ, which gained Assistant capabilities shortly after its release. So, you can ask it questions like, “Hey Google, do I need an umbrella?” before you set your alarm and leave the house. Nest Guard is the brains of Nest Secure; it contains a keypad and all the smarts that power the system and is usually placed in a spot with lots of traffic (like the front doorway) making it useful as you come and go.
Here are some of the ways the Google Assistant on Nest Guard can help you plan your day and keep your home safe.
Get real-time information: Ask for traffic, your flight status and the weather before you leave for the day.
Control smart home devices easily: In addition to arming Nest Secure with your voice, you’ll now be able to initiate a Routine (for example, “Hey Google, I’m home” to turn your lights on and your Nest Thermostat up as you walk in the door), lock your Nest x Yale Lock or announce who’s at the door with Nest Hello. You can preheat oven, toggle off connected smart bulbs, lock smart deadbolts, and more — entirely hands-free.
Manage tasks: Set reminders, create calendar appointments (“Hey Google, add a meeting to my calendar”) or add items to shopping list (“Hey Google, add butter to my shopping list.”)
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The speaker in Nest Guard was not intended to reproduce music with high fidelity. So, you probably won’t want to use it as a music player. However, it’s fine for managing things like timers and appointments. You can also control smart home devices like lights, robot vacuums, and even the Nest Secure system itself.
Nest added some Assistant commands for the Nest Secure after release, so you can use the Assistant-enabled Guard to arm the system and cancel an arming sequence by voice without another Home smart speaker. Just don’t expect to disarm the Nest Secure with your voice. For obvious reasons — an intruder shouting “Hey Google, disarm nest” through your door comes to mind.
Google Assistant on Nest Guard is an opt-in feature, and as the feature becomes available, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to enable the feature and turn on the microphone in the Nest app. The biggest advantage of adding Google Assistant to the Nest home security system is that the two were already compatible. Before, if you owned a Google Assistant device, you could easily control your Secure system using voice commands. Now, it’s even easier to do so, but directly, as Nest Guard does have one on-device microphone that is not enabled by default. So, your Nest Secure won’t just accept commands from your Google Home, it’ll start to behave like one itself, making your home security system more helpful.