Google today announced that it will launch a new version of its Nest Aware subscription service, starting in 2020, with simplified pricing and new features.
Since 2015, Google has been offering Nest Aware as a premium subscription to its Nest security cameras for $ 5, $ 10 or $ 30 a month. The subscription gives you 24/7 continuous recording, access to video history and more alert options, but if you wanted to use Nest Aware with multiple cameras, you had to pay a monthly fee for an additional camera.
When the new pricing is available, Google says that a monthly fee for Nest Aware will cover all your Nest cameras, as well as some speakers and displays from Nest and Google Home. For $ 6 a month, Nest Aware will give you access to 30 days of "video history", which is a recording made when your camera senses movement or sound. For $ 1
Google Nest Aware plans will be a little more expensive than $ 3 or $ 10 a month on Amazon's Ring Protect subscription plans and $ 2.99, $ 9.99 and $ 14.99 per month Arlo Smart subscription plans. However, the cheapest layer of Amazon and Arlo covers only one security device at a time, while the cheapest Google covers all Nest devices with Nest Aware functionality and only $ 3 per month.
Some Nest and Google Home speakers and displays are now part of Nest Aware, since the revised subscription will allow them to hear smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, according to Google. If they alert you to an alarm and if it sounds like an emergency, Google says you can call the 911 service closest to your home through the Google Home app.
This can be really helpful if your smoke detector goes off, such as when traveling. Google also says that if you experience an emergency at home and you can't access your phone, you will also be able to ask Google Nest or Home speaker to call 911.
Google also announced a new "Home Feed" , which comes to the Google Home app, which the company says will collect records and notifications from your Nest Aware devices into one feed. Google says the updated Nest Aware comes in the same 19 countries that already have access to it, but only Google Nest and Home speakers in the US will be able to recognize the sound and make emergency calls when the feature is first introduced.