Google Assistant is now built into the Nest Cam IQ indoor camera

Nest rolls out Assistant for Cam IQ, a cheaper Nest Aware plan, and more

The device, which has a 1080p HD security camera and microphone, already had the necessary hardware to support such a feature. In a weird internal feedback loop, users can now manage their Nest Learning Thermostats through their Nest Cam IQ indoor units.

The 300 dollar (£214) Nest Cam will give Google another potentially valuable weapon in its battle with Amazon and Apple to build digital command centres in people's homes. It's far and away the "smartest" home security camera you can buy today.

Today Nest officially announced that it is sending out the OTA update to the Cam IQ security camera which will bring Google Assistant into the mix.

With Nest relinquishing its self-determination to its former and now current parent company Google, it was about time that we started seeing the "Googlefication" of Nest products.

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While the Assistant integration seems fairly complete, there doesn't appear to be any controls for controlling the Nest Cam IQ itself. And if you have a Nest Cam IQ indoor or outdoor camera, Nest Aware will now be able to merge duplicate familiar faces of the same person within your photo collections. As you can imagine, it can get pretty expensive to have access to video history with Nest, which is why this $5 plan is nice to see. Additionally, Nest is also tweaking its subscription service tiers, with a new $5/month plan for five days of cloud storage.

Among other tweaks and upgrades, Nest new also claims to have made its Nest Aware alerts more intelligent. Nest says it's also adding the ability for its cameras to distinguish human beings and objects in so-called Activity Zones, which are designated areas in your camera's line of sight where you suspect motion might occur.

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