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.
When it comes to monitoring your home security, Arlo cameras are some of the best out there. The Arlo Ultra 2 may have just been released, but the original Arlo Ultra is still a solid option. The camera had a bit of a rocky release in 2018, but since then the company has ironed out the launch issues. Right now you can get an Arlo Ultra kit with the hub and two cameras for $450 at Amazon and Best Buy.
Netatmo may not be the first brand that comes to your mind when you think about smart home security, but the French company does a lot of things right. Its cameras come with no hidden fees, but offer local storage, backups to Dropbox and an FTP server, face recognition (though not super reliable), alarm detection, Google Assistant integration — perks that usually cost a lot with competitor products. However, in my review of the Welcome camera, one of the aspects I lamented most was the sluggish Android app. Two years later, it's finally received a big refresh.
Ring's home security system is one of the most popular on the market, thanks to its features and the expansion possibilities it offers. With this deal, you can get a 14-piece kit and a free Echo Dot for just $230, which is $100 less than the usual price.
At $200, Ring's home security system is one of the most popular on the market, thanks to its features but also its relatively appealing price. However, you can get it for just $150 today if you're a Prime member and receive a free Echo Dot speaker with your purchase.
After the last update to the Google app brought very little to discuss, version 8.8 is now in circulation and it is continuing the trend of smaller but more frequent updates. In this round, the teardown brings up the curious "dreamliner" name that was also spotted in AOSP after Android P Developer Preview 3. We can also see that there's a new command in the works for Routines that will allow users to control their security systems.
Security cameras come in all shapes and sizes, and there are a ton of different potential configurations. But if you need DVR storage at up to 1080p resolution, support for up to 8 cameras (with four conveniently included), and intelligent motion detection with alerts, ANNKE's solution might be for you. Better, we have a coupon (TTXS6D5Q) that brings the whole package down to $78.09
Nest announced its Secure alarm system in September, but the starter pack just became available for purchase today. And to go with that, Nest has updated its app to support the features of the Secure.
You can now add your Nest Secure to the app and control everything about it. The dashboard-like screen lets you quickly arm and disarm, with the option to get reminders if you go away and forget to turn on the system. Now that's one neat feature of "smart" alarms that you won't find in the traditional systems. You obviously get push notifications when the alarm goes off, but you can also check the state of all your door/window and motion sensors, set schedules for your system, see a history of all the events, and invite momentary guests with visiting hours.
More and more companies are coming out with smart security camera systems these days. NETGEAR joined the trend a while back with its Arlo systems, and they're not half bad. Now, you can get a 5-pack of Arlo security cameras for just a penny under $400 - that's an incredible $80 per camera.