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How to use Google Nest Doorbell and cameras with Amazon Alexa on Echo Show and Fire TV

Setting up a smart home can be a complicated task, not least aligning yourself with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Or something else entirely. Where everyone wins is when devices offer a choice. Interoperability between platforms makes everything easier, and now Google Nest cameras and Amazon Alexa are getting closer. Specifically, if you own a Google...

Which music services are supported on Google Assistant and the Google Nest speakers?

One of the most common uses for all the best smart speakers, like the Google Nest Audio, is as a music device. The Nest speakers are more than just a fancy music device, but it's definitely one of the most used features. For music, you need a service to supply the tunes. You could always send...

Amazon Alexa can now alert you to people and packages heading to your door

Being able to use an Amazon Echo with your Ring doorbell is nothing new. But this latest feature added to Alexa takes it a little further. Currently, if you have a Ring camera of any kind and an Amazon Echo Show, you can get alerts and view the video feed on the display. Those cameras...

Google might want to build smart displays with Android 13

Google's software strategy for smart displays is currently all over the place. Most Nest Hub devices use a modified version of the Chromecast's software (before the Google TV revamp), the original Nest Hub is running Fuchsia OS, and third-party displays with Google Assistant are powered by Android Things OS. Google might be looking to unify...

Google confirms Nest doorbells and cameras won’t charge in freezing temperatures

If you have observed that your Nest Doorbell is taking ages to charge or not charging at all during harsh winter months, you're not alone. It seems the new battery-powered Nest Doorbell and Nest Cam are unable to work properly in freezing temperatures. Google is aware of this shortcoming of Nest products and has provided...

You will no longer be able to use Speaker Group volume control on Nest devices

The ongoing legal fight between Sonos and Google took a huge turn yesterday as the United States International Trade Commission ruled in favor of Sonos. The US trade court declared that Google violated five Sonos patents pertaining to smart speakers. While it remains to be seen how this ruling will affect future Nest products, Google...

You can now listen to Apple Music on Nest devices in Canada, India, and other regions

Apple Music is available on a wide range of platforms, including the company's operating systems, Android, Windows, and more. The latest additions are Google Nest devices in Canada. Users there can now take advantage of the music streaming service using their voices. The setup process is straightforward, and you can even set Apple Music as...

How to change your Nest Doorbell ringtone to jolly festive sounds or one of the new year-round tones

If you have a Nest doorbell from Google, it's quite simple to change the ringtone of your device. Apart from the classic "ding dong" sound, the Nest doorbell can be customized to play various other ringtones that you can set from within the Nest app. Google also rolls out a few seasonal ringtones from time...

Get the Google Nest Thermostat for just $90 ($40 off)

Black Friday is over, but the deals keep on coming in anticipation of Cyber Monday. You can get a Google Nest Thermostat for just $90 right now, and it's the perfect addition to the beginnings of a smart home. The Nest Thermostat in Snow is the only one available at $90 -- the rest are...

Save 30% on great home Wi-Fi with this Nest Wifi Black Friday deal

Google released a new mesh Wi-Fi system in late 2019, dubbed the Nest Wifi. It replaced the older Google Wifi and provides fast and reliable internet throughout your home, and there's no limit on how many you can add so long as they're in range of each other. The Nest Wifi is sold in either a...

Google Pixel’s nearby calling feature will let you receive calls on your Nest Hub

Yesterday Google released Android 12L, a special feature drop for Android 12 designed for tablets, foldables, and Chrome OS devices. While the new update provides an optimized experience for large screen devices, it also gives us a glimpse at a new feature that Google is working on for Google Pixel and Google Nest devices: nearby...

You can now buy Google’s new indoor Nest Cam

Google announced a bunch of new products in its Nest line-up earlier this year, including a wireless doorbell, the Nest Cam, the Nest Cam (battery), and the Nest Cam with floodlight. While the Nest Cam (battery) and Nest Doorbell (battery) went on sale shortly after the announcement, Google didn't share a definite launch timeline for...