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Nest SmartThings integration is now live for users

Nest SmartThings integration is now live for users

In December 2020, Samsung and Google announced that Nest products would gain support for Samsung SmartThings, and Samsung smart home products would support Google Assistant. Now, after a brief mention during Samsung Unpacked, Nest integration is starting to show up for users.

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Nest Cam Indoor 3-pack is back down to $248 (~$100 off)

Nest Cam Indoor 3-pack is back down to $248 (~$100 off)

Nest products offer some of the tightest integration with Google Assistant around, and right now, you can grab a pack of 3 Nest Cam Indoor security cameras direct from Google on eBay for just $248. That's roughly $100 in savings on a package of cameras that offer all the home security essentials you need.

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Google's upcoming smart display might use radar to track your sleep

Google's upcoming smart display might use radar to track your sleep

Earlier this week, we learned that Google is preparing a new smart home device for a possible release this year. FCC documents showed it has a display screen, uses a 14V power supply, and comes equipped with the same Soli motion-sensing technology used by the Pixel 4 and Nest Thermostat. Now a new report claims that the sensor could be used to power a surprising new inclusion: sleep tracking.

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Nest Cam IQ Outdoor discontinued ahead of a new Nest camera lineup

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor discontinued ahead of a new Nest camera lineup

Google's Nest Cam IQ Outdoor has been discontinued as the Google Store has sold through the last of its stock. Don't worry if you were hoping to pick one up, though, as Google also confirms a whole new lineup of security cameras is set to land later this year. However, the recently sold-out model will continue to get software updates and feature support.

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Nest Thermostat (2020) review, one month later: The smart home gateway

Nest Thermostat (2020) review, one month later: The smart home gateway

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.

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Fire TV update lets you quickly check your security camera feed without pausing the show

Fire TV update lets you quickly check your security camera feed without pausing the show

Amazon just started sending out a big home screen redesign to Fire TV devices, but that's not all the new stuff that's coming. Owners of the second-gen Fire TV Cube, 2020 4K Toshiba Fire TV, and 2020 4K Insignia Fire TV will soon be able to view their security camera feeds in picture-in-picture mode without interrupting the content currently playing.

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Google Home is slooooowly rolling out better integration for Nest Thermostats

Google Home is slooooowly rolling out better integration for Nest Thermostats

When Google released the new affordable Nest Thermostat in October, it also made some changes to how things are set up and controlled. Instead of using the outdated Nest app, it's all done through the Google Home app now. This is a positive move in many ways, but some of the functionality hasn't yet been migrated over for older models. Finally, it looks like Google is bringing the full new experience to more people, but it sure is a slow rollout.

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Nest cameras' potato video quality on mobile data seems to be fixed

Nest cameras' potato video quality on mobile data seems to be fixed

If you have a Nest camera and are trying to livestream its feed or video events while on a mobile data connection, odds are you're squinting at your screen and wondering why the heck everything looks so pixelated. The issue was introduced with version 5.59 of the Nest app and didn't seem to be related to any specific camera, phone, or mobile operator. The problem is now fixed with v5.60 of the Nest app, so you can finally update and get rid of it.

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Google and Samsung team up to make smart home products more interoperable

Google and Samsung team up to make smart home products more interoperable

Google has been trying to convince Samsung to drop Bixby in favor of Google Assistant for some time now. While we don't know for certain how those conversations are going, Samsung did add support for Google Assistant to some of its smart TVs last month. And today, a joint partnership was announced that will see Samsung SmartThings gadgets add integration with Nest products — as well as the Google Assistant.

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Holiday-themed Nest Hello Doorbell ringtones are back, with brand-new Kwanzaa chimes added

Holiday-themed Nest Hello Doorbell ringtones are back, with brand-new Kwanzaa chimes added

Google has made a charming habit of enabling special Nest Hello ringtones for holiday seasons, and that's continuing this year. We got some spooky Halloween sounds not long ago, and now it's time to greet visitors with some festive-themed chimes. In addition to the options that were available this time last year, Google has added a brand-new Kwanzaa category.

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