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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Spring 2020)

Millions of homes now contain a smart assistant speaker of some variety and sales of IoT products continue to grow as the market matures and prices come down across the sector. With so many options available, it's hard to know what to buy, and that's where we come in — this is a selection of our favorite smart home gadgets. Whether you want to just dip your toes in the water with a cheap Google Nest Mini or dive into the deep end with smart lights, cameras, thermostats, doorbells, and so on — we’ve got you covered.

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Nest outages prove that the smart home needs a local fallback

Google's Nest service has been down once, twice, thrice, four times, no, scratch that, at least five times in five months, four of which were in the last few weeks. A similar thing happened toward the end of 2018. After each failure, a fix, an apology, more disgruntled users, and hours lost without any security recording for owners of the brand's cameras. Seeing the same headline with the same story every day proves that we can't solely rely on remote servers for the smart home, and local fallbacks need to be the first feature baked in, not an afterthought or a bonus.

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Some Google Nest cameras are still having issues following last night's outage

Starting last evening, Google's Nest cameras started suffering widespread issues with both live feeds and recorded video history. Although the issue resolved for many overnight, some are experiencing problems accessing video recordings and, in some cases, live feeds as well. Google currently claims a "small portion of cameras" are still having trouble, and it's working on a fix.

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Google apologizes for recent Nest camera outage, says video history wasn't collected (Update: Refunds)

If you noticed your Nest camera systems were on the blink yesterday, February 24, you weren't alone. A widespread outage affected a large number of users and caused cameras to completely stop working, which is naturally very concerning for people who rely on them to help them feel secure in their homes. Thankfully, all should be back to normal by now.

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Ambient IQ might finally be coming to Google Nest speakers (Update: Not new)

Google has an unfortunate habit of announcing interesting features long before they actually become available, and that's again what we've seen in the case of Ambient IQ. Not to be confused with Ambient EQ, which intelligently changes the brightness and color temperature of the display on the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max, Ambient IQ does a similar thing for audio. After being introduced in October last year alongside Google's latest hardware, the feature looks set to finally make an appearance.

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Buy a Nest Thermostat E on eBay for just $129 and get a free Nest Mini ($89 value)

In many ways, the original Nest Thermostat that launched in 2011 kicked off the race to build an ideal smart home. Eight years later, the competition is still trying to emulate Nest's success, but why buy a copycat product when you can own the real thing for an ultra-affordable price? Today you can pick up the Nest Thermostat E with Nest Mini bundle for $129 ($89 off), or less than the retail price of the Nest Thermostat E by itself.

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Get a free Nest Hub or Nest Mini with the purchase of select Nest products on the Google Store

In addition to the awesome Google Nest Hub with Nest Mini bundle that you can still grab on the Google Store and at other retailers for $79 ($99 off), Google is extending more savings to its entire family of Nest products. Right now, you can snag a free Nest Hub with the purchase of a Nest Hello doorbell for $229 ($129 off) or get a free Nest Mini when you buy any Nest item for $99 or more.

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Save up to $100 on Nest Thermostat and Google Home bundles with this coupon

Nest has been a powerhouse in smart home technology since the launch of their Learning Thermostat in 2011. With their acquisition by Google in 2014, they've continued to reign supreme over temperature variances in homes across the world . If you're looking to gift a Nest to a loved one, or would like to get cozy in your own home, this might be the perfect time to buy in.

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Safeguard your home with a Google Nest Secure Alarm Starter Kit, on sale for $249 ($150 off) with coupon

The Nest Secure Alarm System has been around since late 2017, but despite its age – and having "Google" slapped on the front of its name – its list of benefits still make it a worthy solution to monitor and protect your home from intruders. For a limited time, you can snatch up a brand new Google Nest Secure Alarm Starter Kit over at B&H for just $249 with an online coupon code.

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New Nest Aware switches to event-based recordings, but higher tier still saves 24/7 feed

During this year's Made by Google event, the company walked through the plethora of Nest Aware changes relatively quickly, but now more information is surfacing on the revamped subscription service. One of the biggest changes is the removal of 24/7 videotaping which is replaced by event-based recordings in the cheaper $6/month plan.

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