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Most of us have a doorbell, but most of us probably don't have a smart doorbell, even if our house is otherwise loaded with ostensibly "smart" gadgets. It's actually a pretty useful thing, too, letting you keep an eye on packages, speak to folks that drop by while you're away, or just see who is at the door. Along with the release of Google's new security cameras, it's trying to make them a little more accessible for customers, reducing the cost of the optional subscription and opening up which features are available without one. The new battery-powered $180 Nest Doorbell joins the existing wired option, and it is probably worth a look if you're heavy into the Assistant ecosystem but can't plug in, though there are some notable issues.
If you were hoping to pick up one of the new Nest Doorbells and wire it in for continuous recording, Google tells us that won't be an option. Even though the new battery-powered Nest Doorbell can be plugged in permanently, so you don't have to recharge it, it still won't support continuous 24/7 video recording, even though the new battery-powered Nest Cam will.
After announcing a bumper crop of smart security hardware earlier this month, Google appears ready to begin delivering its new battery-powered Nest smart home devices to the masses. Google Store shoppers can now cart both items and get actual ship dates.
According to a support page (spotted by AP alum/Ars Technica editor Ron Amadeo), Google will replace the new battery-powered Nest Cam and the newer and older Nest Doorbells if they are stolen. Google reserves the right to say "no" if things seem sketchy, and you have a few hoops to jump through, but it should make sure you aren't out $180 if someone absconds with your new camera or doorbell.
Though the company leaked it a bit early, the new Nest lineup of smart security cameras is now official and covers a wide spread of options, from new battery-powered cameras to the cheapest Nest Cam yet, and even a brand new floodlight. Price range from $280 down to $99. Availability for the four new models varies, with pre-orders for the new $180 battery-powered Nest Cam and $280 Nest Doorbell starting today. And if you're cheap (like me), Google's also expanding what you can do without a Nest Aware subscription.