Friday, 06 August 2021 11:37

VIDEOS: Google feathers its Nest with new Cams and Doorbells, challenges Arlo, Swann, Uniden, D-Link and others for security cam supremacy


Watch out Arlo, Swann, Uniden, D-Link, Eufy and security camera makers, Google is coming after you with a range of new security cameras it clearly hopes will be the best, but the market and consumers will surely put that notion to the test!

Has Google Nest messed up Arlo's plans for supremacy in the sphere of visual security, as well as setting a test for every other security camera maker over who is best?

I don't ask in jest, but given Arlo's recent moves to make its Arlo Secure subscription plans more generous, they clearly did invest, as has Google, in trying to be better than the rest. With security in the modern world more important than ever before, everyone undoubtedly guessed Google's Nest was on a quest to expand its product range with next-gen products and deliver more value to its customers - it was just a matter of timing.

Well, that time has come, with Google's Director of Devices and Services in Australia and New Zealand, Matt Gaskell, reminding us in Google's blog post titled
"New from Google Nest: the latest Cams and Doorbells are coming" which unveils a Google Nest Cam, Google Nest Doorbell, Google Nest Cam with Floodlight, and Google indoor Nest Cam.

Gaskell reminds us Nest's mission is "to build products that make a more helpful home," and doing that "starts with helping you understand what’s happening within the walls of your home and outside of it", and states that "one of Nest’s first goals was to simplify home security, and it helped millions of people across the globe do this."

He also notes Google "wanted to incorporate the way the connected home — and your expectations — were heading. That included smarter alerts, wire-free options for installation flexibility, greater value and beautiful designs, plus enhanced privacy and security. We wanted our newest line to give you the most comprehensive set of intelligent alerts right out of the box, and easily work with your other Nest products, like displays."

So, the Google Nest Cam (battery) is priced at AU$329, and is its first outdoor/indoor battery-powered camera, while Google Nest Doorbell (battery), also priced at AU$329, is its first battery-powered doorbell.

Google has shared 11 things to love about the new Nest Cam and Nest Doorbell, which you can read here.

Here's the official Google Nest Cam Battery video:


Here's the official Google Nest Doorbell (Battery) video:

Google also has a Nest Aware subscription service that is definitely competitive when compared to Arlo's prices, which you can read about here.

You don't have to subscribe to Google's Nest Aware plan to get live video and to be able to watch the last three hours of events, with those three hours on a rolling basis, meaning if there was something recorded more than three hours ago, you won't get to see it anymore if you're not on a subscription.

Where Arlo charges $14.99 per month for an unlimited number of cameras, Nest Aware is priced at AU$9 per month (or $90 annually for an $18 savings) for 30 days of event video history, along with activity zones and more, for all of the Nest cameras you own.

There's also an AU$18 per month plan (or $180 per year saving $36) which gives you 60 days of event video history for all the Nest cameras in your home, plus 10 days on 24/7 video history (although this 24/7 video history is not available for the Nest Doorbell camera).

Those prices are definitely challengers to Arlo, so we'll have to see what Arlo does there in the medium to long term, although in the short term, Arlo's move to expand its service to include unlimited cameras is a great start.

And, like Arlo's cameras, these cameras offer two-way communication, so you can talk to the people you can see in any live video you're watching, and they can talk to you, too.

Google also has what seems like a better way to scroll through your list of captured video, which will hopefully prompt Arlo to improve its app accordingly, should Google's way prove especially popular.

Here's the official Home Security from Google video:

So, what about the two other cameras Google is set to unveil?

Well, first up is the Google Nest Cam with floodlight, the company's first connected floodlight camera (AU$549). Then there's the second-generation Google Nest Cam (wired), a wired indoor camera that is its most affordable Nest Cam ever (AU$169), with these two cameras still on their way and not yet available for purchase or pre-order.

Google's Gaskell said in his blog post that the company has "heard how much people appreciate it when their Nest products all work well together. These new devices are no different.

"With the new Nest Cams and a display, you can keep an eye on the backyard from your kitchen and get alerts when the doorbell rings. Our new cameras are also fully integrated with the Google Home app. The Google Home app works with any compatible Android or iOS device, giving you access to all your compatible home devices in one place, any where and any time.

"The new battery-powered Nest Cam and Nest Doorbell will go on sale on August 25, and are available for preorder today from Google Store, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks and The Good Guys. And for those who preorder, you can also secure an extra gift of a second-generation Nest Hub from selected retailers."

Here are some more details Google has shared about its second-gen Nest camera range:

Security with smarts

"Because we’re all overloaded with notifications every day, our next-generation cameras and doorbell are made to send you the most helpful alerts. They detect important events that happen in and around the home, including alerts for people, animals and vehicles — and in Nest Doorbell’s case, also packages. Our new cameras and doorbell can do this because they process what they see on-device, which means more relevant notifications and added privacy and security. On-device processing means that all of this works right out of the box, no subscription required."

More versatility for your home

"Nest’s new camera and doorbell line are truly made for every home. Battery technology allows you to install Nest Cam and Nest Doorbell nearly anywhere in your home — not just where there’s a power outlet or existing doorbell wires. The wire-free design makes installation even easier, too. And for those who prefer the option to wire their devices, we’ve added the ability to wire the battery-powered Nest Cam and Nest Doorbell."

Nest devices that work together

"Customers have told us how much they appreciate that their Nest products all work well together. These new devices are no different. With the new Nest Cams and a display, you can keep an eye on the backyard from your kitchen and get alerts when the doorbell rings. Our new cameras are also fully integrated with the Google Home app, giving you access to all your compatible home devices in one place. With a Nest Aware subscription, you can unlock even more: Extend your event video history from three hours to 30 or 60 days and get continuous 24/7 video history on wired Nest Cams with Nest Aware Plus."

Reliability when you need it

"In case of a power or Wi-Fi outage, Nest Doorbell, both Nest Cam (battery) and Nest Cam with floodlight have local storage fallback, meaning they’ll record up to one hour of events on-device (about a week’s worth of events). Nest Cam (wired) also records on-device if your Wi-Fi is down. When service returns, the devices will upload your events to the cloud, so you can review what happened."

Made with care

"We believe that technology for the home should be welcoming, and complement your decor rather than distract from it. When designing our new products, we drew design inspiration from lighting and architecture to create products that look great together and in lots of different settings. All of the new devices are designed sustainably with recycled materials."

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