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Google links Nest Aware subscription to household instead of camera

Google announces a new formula for its Nest Aware subscription. The paid service, the price of which so far depended on the number of cameras in the home, is linked to the household. Users will therefore pay a fixed amount from $ 60 a year.

Google says in a blog post that users often found the old Nest Aware model too expensive and complicated. The new formula is therefore no longer based on the number of Nest cameras in the house, but covers all surveillance cameras, Google Home speakers and smart displays from Google in one go. At the same time, the storage capacity for video and the event history will be expanded.

Another part of the new Nest Aware model on event -based recordings. As soon as a camera detects movement or sound, from a person to a barking dog, a recording is immediately started. The user receives a notification of this, so that he can take action or view the event video at a later time. The new function is offered in addition to the existing continuous recordings, with which the user can request images before, during and after an event.

From now on there are only two subscriptions from which the user can choose. Nest Aware gets an event video history of thirty days and costs $ 6 a month or $ 60 for a year. Prices in euros have not yet been announced. The other formula is called Nest Aware Plus. This includes an event video history of sixty days and a full 24/7 video history of the past ten days. This subscription costs $ 12 a month or $ 120 a year.

The Nest Aware subscription also extends to Google’s smart speakers and displays. Via a new setting, these devices can be used to listen to ‘critical sounds’, such as a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm that goes off. The user will also receive a notification of these events on his smartphone, with the option to listen to the recorded audio clip. Google emphasizes that the sound detection is done on the devices themselves and that the devices give a visual indication if a fragment is recorded and sent to Google. Users can also remove the audio clips at any time via the Home app.

The Home app is also given a function to quickly call the nearest emergency service in the event of an emergency in the home, regardless of where the user is currently located. At the beginning of 2020, the Home app will be further expanded with a Home Feed, which provides an overview of all events and notifications that have been registered or sent by the various devices.

The new Nest Aware subscriptions will be rolled out early next year in the nineteen countries where Nest Aware is available today, including in the Netherlands and Belgium. Sound detection via smart speakers and displays will initially only be available in the United States and the same applies to the integrated possibility to call the emergency services.

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