Google Announces Improved Products, Privacy Updates, Etc.

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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Nest Mini

Nest Mini
Nest Mini

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.

Nest Wi-Fi

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.”

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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