What's the only thing Google likes more than introducing new products and services? You, in the back? Yes, that's right: killing them off. Last fall, we spotted the writing on the wall as the Nest Secure home security system was being retired, including its Nest Detect sensors. In the months since we've had a few opportunities to snag more of those sensors as they sporadically returned to the Google Store, but now we're getting word that they're finally about to leave for good.
Google released the Nest Secure in 2017 as a simple security system with motion sensors and a keypad, but it never received an upgrade, even as other Nest devices were updated again and again. Google has now confirmed to Android Police that the Nest Secure is discontinued, though it will continue functioning.
The Google Store started a sale last week on the Pixel 3a and a whole bunch of Nest stuff. The 3a phones have grown into old age for their product cycle, so if you do want to get a new one while supplies last, you only have through tomorrow to do so.
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.
If you're looking at getting a home security system for the home you're trying to smarten up, you're spoiled for options. The Nest Secure alarm kit might be one you're considering, featuring a hub that doubles as a Google Assistant speaker, motion sensors, and tags along with an app that allows you to arm and disarm whenever and wherever you are. We've seen it come down in price with a few recent sales, but its once again down to its lowest price yet at almost half-off. You just have to make the purchase today.
Nest products are known to be well designed, easy to use, and reliable. What they're not so popular for is their price, which tends to be quite high. When the brand launched its Secure starter kit, it priced is at $400, which was probably a bit too steep. However, its all-in-one alarm system is now available for $230-$250, making it far more affordable than before.
Google purchased Nest a long time ago in 2014. For quite a while, the company remained relatively autonomous and independent under the Alphabet umbrella, but recently, Google has folded Nest and its product right into its hardware division. Most notably, the Home Hub is now called Nest Hub, and Nest devices are losing their ability to connect to IFTTT, all in the name of security. However, with Nest accounts being migrated to Google accounts at the moment, users are experiencing inconveniences – some people report they haven't been able to connect their Secure and Nest IQ cams with the Assistant for weeks.
It's understandable for mobile tech enthusiasts to be suffering from a bit of an attention-span issue right now. After all, we're just a little over a week away from the start of Mobile World Congress 2019, one of the biggest new-product expos of the year. With all those fresh hot devices waiting in the wings, how are we to focus on anything else? Somehow, though, we're managing to keep at least some attention on the present, and over the past week we've covered a lot of tempting deals — here are some of the best that are still active:
Nest launched its home security bundle at $500 a while back, which was pretty tough to justify. It has since come down $100, and today it's on sale for $100-120 less than that. Plus, you can get those spendy all-in-one Nest Detect sensors for an all-time low price of $39.
Last spring, the Nest Secure finally picked up Assistant-based controls, letting you do things like arm/disarm, and check the status of your home security setup from your phone or Google Home. It would appear that was merely the first step in deeper Assistant integration following the merger of Nest with Google's hardware team. Starting today, your Nest Secure won't just accept commands from your Google Home, it'll start to behave like one itself.