Google announced improved Nest products, privacy updates, and new prices for their Nest Aware paid subscription, among other changes, on four separate posts on the Google blog.
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The Nest Mini, the second iteration of what was previously known as the Google Home Mini, will have twice the bass of it’s predecessor plus an upgraded assistant that stores user commands locally, improving response time and user privacy. Google has also improved the Home Routines feature, allowing users to build custom Routines or opt in to the ones that Google has made from machine learning.
The Google Wi-Fi Mesh system is now called Nest Wi-Fi, with a more powerful router and each Wi-Fi point containing Google Assistant. The routers are available in three colors: Snow, Sand, and Mist, built using sustainable materials including 45% post-consumer plastic for the router enclosure and 40% post-consumer recycled plastic for the point enclosure. Each Wi-Fi point is wireless and doesn’t require a hub to connect to the Wi-Fi system. Nest Wi-Fi will be available starting in 2019 in eight global markets, available for preorder in the United States with sales starting on November 4.
New Nest Aware Subscriptions
Finally, Nest is offering lower prices for Nest Aware, with one subscription available for all the Nest cameras, speakers and displays in one home with increased video and event history. Plus, Nest will give users the option to choose event-based recording as opposed to continuous recording with Nest Aware. 30 days of cloud storage will cost only $6 a month or $60 a year, as opposed to $30 a month or $300 a year with the current Nest Aware subscription. The new Nest Aware will be available in early 2020 in 19 countries including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and more.
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While 19 countries will initially have Nest Aware access, the expanded coverage to speakers ad displays, as well as an emergency calling feature that allows users to call their local 911 from anywhere, will only be available in the United States at first. In regards to these changes, Ruchi Desai, Senior Product Manager at Google Nest, wrote on the Google blog,
” With simplified pricing and whole home awareness across more devices, Nest Aware is now more helpful and affordable than ever.”