Nest’s security system can now be a Google Assistant

A bit over a year after its liberation, Nest’s security alarm system is picking up a new stunt: it can now double as a Google Assistant device.

Nest named the brand-new functionality this afternoon, saying that it’s being” pushed out to all Nest Secure methods both new and old-time” today.

This update effectively turns the Nest Secure’s keypad hub into a Google Home Mini, allowing you to do things like say ” Hey Google, turn out the suns” or” Hey Google, weapon the alarm” on the way out the door. It’s worth noting, though, that you can’t turn alarm systems off with your spokesperson — they don’t want beings hollering through your door to incapacitate your fright, after all. To turn alarm systems off, you’ll still need to use either the Nest app, one of Nest’s key fobs or punch your PIN into the hub.

Wondering how the heck the Nest Secure discovers you? The current spec page for the Nest Secure’s restrain centre( or “Nest Guard” as the hub is known ), for example, realise no mention of a microphone. I can’t find any mention of it in the manual, either. And yet…

We included a microphone in the Nest Guard with boasts such as the Google Assistant in mind.It has not been used up to this station, and you can enable or disable it at any time consuming the Nest app.

— Nest (@ nest) February 4, 2019

Turns out the Nest Guard has had a microphone all along, though it” has not been used up to this spot .” That’s … a little strange, to say the least. It’s nice to be able to flip on new pieces when the time comes, but the spec sheet perhaps should’ve mentioned the microphone from the beginning( even precisely to say ” There’s a microphone in there, but it’s not used for anything right now .”) There’s no shortage of internet-connected inventions with microphones built-in, but said mics are often made a bit more obvious.

We contacted out to Google for affirmation of the microphone hardware and further details on when the aspect will go live. A Google spokesperson greeted 😛 TAGEND

The Google Assistant on Nest Guard is an opt-in piece, and as the piece becomes available to our customers, they’ll receive an email with teaches on how to enable the boast and turn on the microphone in the Nest app. Nest Guard does have one on-device microphone that is not facilitated by default.

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