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Samsung SmartThings integration with Google Nest goes live

Google and Samsung have confirmed that the promised tighter integration between Google Nest and Samsung Smartthings has been launched, following its announcement at the end of last year. Although quietly announced alongside yesterday's Samsung Unpacked launch, reports on Reddit suggest it actually went live at the start of the week, offering control for Nest cameras,...

Guest Mode is coming to Google Assistant smart displays and smart speakers

Google on Wednesday announced a Guest Mode is coming to Google Assistant-equipped smart displays and speakers. The new mode, which can be enabled by saying, “Hey Google, turn on Guest Mode,” won’t save interactions to your Google Account. “While in Guest Mode, you can enjoy popular features, like asking questions, controlling smart home devices, setting timers...

Google discontinues the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor but is making new Nest security cameras

Google will release a new line of security cameras this year, the company has confirmed. The company confirmed the news after selling out of the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor on the Google Store. The Nest Cam lineup currently consists of 4 different models. The IQ Outdoor was the most expensive of the 4 at a price...

Some users are unable to use Google Assistant right now

For a lot of people, Google Assistant has become a critical part of their everyday life, a helpful tool that makes things easier. Google’s technology can control smart home devices, provide information, and so much more. But what happens when Google Assistant stops working?That’s apparently what’s going on for some users—at least as of this...

Apple Music rolls out for Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and displays

The fire’s going, hot chocolate is made, and snow is falling outside. Now, the only thing you need is to play some relaxing holiday music. Speaking of which, Google announced on Monday that Apple Music is now available on Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and displays. If you own a Nest Audio, Nest Hub Max, Nest Mini,...

Philips Hue loses its Nest integration next week, and Google Home still isn’t ready

Philips Hue is undoubtedly the market leader when it comes to smart lighting, but it’s about to lose its compatibility with the outgoing Works With Nest protocol, as soon as next week. It’s been over a year since Google first announced it would be sunsetting the Nest app and closing Works with Nest, in favour...

Google supported calls from smart speakers to be axed in the UK

If you like to make Google supported calls from your smart speaker or smart display, and you live in the UK, we have some bad news: Google is pulling the feature before the New Year. On its support page (via AndroidPolice), Google has quietly updated its policies, saying the feature is set to go away by...

[Update: Continued Support] Google has discontinued the Nest Secure alarm system

Google has confirmed to AndroidPolice that the Nest Secure alarm system it launched in 2017 has been discontinued. The product, made up of a combination keypad and siren called the Nest Guard and a series of sensors has been unavailable on the Google Store for a week or so, and now we have confirmation that...

The Nest Audio is a $99 Google Assistant smart speaker with powerful audio

The Google Nest Mini (the successor to the Google Home Mini) is an incredibly popular compact smart speaker. However, Google’s ambitions with Assistant-enabled speakers started with the original Google Home four years ago. That device is long overdue for a successor, and we seem to finally have one. Meet the new Google Nest Audio, the...

Google Nest Audio and Chromecast with Google TV retail leaks reveal even more details before next week’s launch

Google recently started sending out media invites for its upcoming Pixel 5 launch event. In the invite, the company revealed that it would showcase the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 at the event, along with a new Chromecast device and a smart speaker. While the company is yet to unveil any details about...

[Update 2: Pricing & Launch Date] Here’s our first look at the Nest successor to the original Google Home speaker

The Nest Mini (formerly known as "Google Home Mini") has become an incredibly popular little smart speaker. However, Google's ambitions with Assistant-enabled speakers started with the original Google Home 4 years ago. That device is long overdue for a successor and it appears one is on the way. A new Google device recently passed through the...

A new Google Nest smart speaker may be coming to replace the original Google Home

Google announced a successor to its widely popular Google Home Mini smart speaker late last year in October. While the new smart speaker is virtually identical to the Home Mini, Google launched it under its Nest brand of smart home products and called it the Nest Mini. Now, according to a recent report from 9to5Google,...