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New Nest Aware can use your smart speakers and displays to listen for smoke and CO alarms

When Google announced its revamped Nest Aware subscriptions yesterday during Made by Google 2019, it also demonstrated one rather unexpected addition that turns ordinary smoke and CO detectors into smart ones. Nest speakers and displays will be able to listen for alarms and alert you when they hear one go off while you're out and about.

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2nd Gen Nest Protect Smoke Alarm Is Now Up For Pre-Order (Ships Next Month) From Nest, Google, And Amazon—Old One Drops By $20 In The Google Store

Today Nest has unveiled the second generation of its Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. It will retail for the same $100 as the previous model, and it comes with a number of fixes intended to address the flaws of the first model.

The big new feature is the ability to silence an alarm using the companion app. Other additions include a sensor that can tell the difference between fast and slow fires and a humidity sensor that should prevent the device from going off due to steam. If you have a soon-to-be-released Nest Cam in the same room, the companion app will let you quickly get a view of what's going on once the alarms sound off.

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Nest Android App Updated To Version 2 With 10-Day History, Steam Check, Additional Safety Tips, And More

As you already know, Nest's alarms are smarter than regular alarms. They pair with an Android app and can provide more specific feedback than BEEP BEEP BEEP. One of their other perks is that, like many gadgets these days, they get better with time. The company is now rolling out version 2 of its mobile apps. The update is available right away, so here's what to expect once it's done installing.

This release introduces a 10-day history of all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to go off during that period. The app will display where they happened and provide feedback on how to avoid setting them off in the future.

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Google Starts Selling Nest Protect Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarm On The Play Store

I'm going to tell you a story. Don't worry, it's rather short, and it will be very easy to follow. Early this year, Google bought Nest, a company that makes cool thermostats, for $3.2 billion. A few months later, Google started to sell said thermostats in the Play Store. Now those thermostats are being joined by a nifty smoke and carbon monoxide alarm called Nest Protect.


As a smoke alarm, Nest Protect isn't quite as exciting as a thermostat. Nevertheless, it does have a few nifty features under its belt. The alarm speaks in a human voice that can tell you what it's detecting and where in the house the danger is.

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