Nest products are attractive because of their brains. They're not bad-looking, don't get me wrong, but its the smart things they do that keep people interested. The company's latest inclusion gets Nest interacting with your entire family.
The products now support family accounts, which can manage up to ten people. This way anyone in the house can change the temperature or receive notifications without needing the master password. Each person can interact with a Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, or Nest Cam.
Nest will also try to learn when each of those users are home with Home/Away Assist. Those aren't two separate services—the dash is part of the name. Home/Away Assist is how Nest plans to change your environment depending on whether you're home or away. The service learns from your behavior. Algorithms learn your schedule, and built-in sensors detect your presence. Home/Away Assist also uses the location of your phone.
This is in many ways an expansion of what the Nest Thermostat has done for years now. But Home/Away Assist pulls upon the additional information brought in by your family members to yield, hopefully, more reliable results.
In addition to these changes, the latest changlog mentions being able to control the Nest Cam using Android Wear. You can view the changlog below and grab the most recent update from APK Mirror if it hasn't yet made it your way through Google Play.
- Family Accounts: Up to 10 people can access your Nest products with their own Nest account.
- Home/Away Assist: Automatically adjust your Nest products as you come and go.
- Android Wear support: Control your Nest Thermostat from your wrist.
New for Nest Cam
- Automatically turn on when you go, and off when you return.
- Improvements to launch, pairing, and Video History.
- Nest blog