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Google confirms glass break detection erroneously rolled out to users without Nest Aware subscriptions

Google confirms glass break detection erroneously rolled out to users without Nest Aware subscriptions

A few weeks ago, news broke that some people were complaining about their Home devices hearing everyday sounds. That phrasing was a bit misleading — Google devices were exclusively listening for breaking glass and smoke alarms and notifying users when they recognized either of these, and no privacy was breached. This warning notification is actually a feature only supposed to be available for Nest Aware subscribers, Google's paid home security service. As it turns out, the rollout to other users was unintentional and is no longer available.

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Nest Secure can now recognize the sound of breaking glass

Nest Secure can now recognize the sound of breaking glass

In the coming days, Google's modular Nest Secure alarm system will gain a new ability. The microphone inside the Nest Guard keypad, which was previously used only for the Assistant functionality, will start pulling double-duty to detect for the sound of glass being broken on windows and doors. The idea is that even if your Nest Detect sensors aren't disturbed by a broken window, the Guard may still be able to alert you to a break in.

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