You may have heard that Sonos and Google are involved in a dispute over patent infringement in the US, with Sonos claiming that the search company used its power to steal intellectual property when they first partnered up. The legal debate isn't limited by borders, though. Sonos also brought Google to court in Germany, where it has managed to enforce a preliminary sales ban of a whole bunch of Google products using the Cast protocol.
Nest got its start bringing smart thermostats to the masses, and last year's model went back to basics for its cheapest device yet. As long as you're okay with the switch to plastic and the lack of a rotating ring, Nest's newest gadget is a great way to upgrade to sync your house's temperature with Google Home. Its usual price is already a bargain, but several retailers have it marked down to just $99 today, a deal that you'll want to grab before it's too late.
Google's library of Nest devices is more expansive than it's ever been, but not every gadget has been a hit. One product line that didn't manage to go anywhere: Nest Secure, a basic security system that used motion detection to trigger alerts whenever doors or windows are opened. Google confirmed Secure was discontinued back in October, but now a new batch of Nest Detect sensors are back in stock.
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Google's smart home hubs have gone through many iterations, launching first as Google-branded products before falling under Nest's purview in 2019. Now the newest member of the Nest lineup is officially here. Our reviews editor Ryan Whitwam has been testing out the Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) for a week, and he's ready to tell you what you want to know.
We often find out about new Google hardware products in cryptic fashion when they arrive at the Federal Communications Commission. Due to confidentially agreements, the regulator only discloses the bare minimum in these listings, but we can usually make an educated guess at what to expect. The latest example appears to be a new Nest Cam.
If you tried to take a peek through your Nest Wi-Fi cameras earlier today, and couldn't, you weren't alone. The Nest system appeared to have a widespread outage on Wednesday, as reported by users on Reddit, Twitter, and other social networks. According to a statement from the official Google Nest Support account, the outage is over.
The Nest Audio is the best (and only remainingfull-sized) dedicated speaker Google still makes. It released at a lower price than the first-generation Google Home, $99 to the Home's introductory $129, while sounding better and looking less weird. Google offers a two-pack for a $20 discount, which is an even better deal. And today, you can get an additional $40 off a two-pack from BuyDig — that's just $139, an even better-er deal.
Back in January, we reported Google's new generation of smart displays could feature a sleep tracking feature thanks to a built-in Soli sensor. Sadly, we didn't know much more about the device but expected it to be released this year. Thanks to new information, we now have more clues about the future Nest Hub's design.
Nest kicked off the era of smart thermostats in 2011, and since then, there have been improved thermostats, new products, and a Google acquisition. Through all that, Nest's thermostats have remained at the premium end of the market. The company's previous "budget" thermostat was still $180 at launch. The new Nest Thermostat, however, is undeniably a budget device. There's the price, of course, at a mere $130. The hardware also looks much cheaper in real life, but that's not totally unsurprising given the price.