I recently reviewed Canary's home security and connected camera system and was pleasantly impressed by most of its features, especially the auto-arm/disarm based on geofence. Now the Canary app is receiving an update to add a couple of interesting features for Android users.
First up is a new Android Wear app that lets you monitor your cameras right from your wrist if you have a smartwatch. I've tested it today and it seems to do the essentials rather well, letting me see my location stats (temperature, humidity, and air quality), tap and hold on the mode icon to switch to Home, Away, Privacy, or Night, and scroll to view a thumbnail of the last recorded event. It doesn't seem like there's a way to actually play the video or to even launch a live stream from the watch, but for a first step, it's a decent one.
Next, the app is now compatible with tablets (Android and iPad), letting you monitor and control your system from a bigger screen. Thankfully, the team thought of the most important feature: by default, geofencing isn't enabled on the tablet apps so if you keep it at home, it won't interfere with the auto-arming and disarming.
And finally, the app has improved the emergency siren option, letting owners of multiple Canary devices trigger all their sirens at once if they so wish. These changes can be found in the latest Canary 2.0.2 app update, which is already live in the Play Store.