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Monday, February 4, 2019

The Nest Secure Can Now Double as a Google Home

While Nest’s alarm system has been able to integrate with other Google Assistant smart speakers for a while now, a new update turns the Nest Secure into its own Google Home of sorts.

The Nest Guard (the main keypad hub of the Nest Secure system) already has a built-in speaker and microphone with the necessary hardware requirements. So the new feature is simply added via a firmware update. From there, you can treat it as a Google Home Mini, asking about the weather and executing routines.

There are some limitations, however. You still can’t disarm the Nest Secure system using your voice, so you’ll still use either a keychain tag or the keycode.

The update will begin rolling out today to Nest Secure users, and while these same users likely already have a Google Home, it’ll be nice to have an additional unit in the house.

via The Verge

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