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If you own one of of the Nest security cameras or its Nest Hello video doorbell devices from Google, you know you can also sign up for the company Nest Aware service. It offers a way to save video clips from those cameras to the cloud, along with other services, for a fee. Today, as part of the company’s hardware press event, Google announced a revamping of its Nest Aware pricing and plans, which will go into effect in early 2020.
Currently, there are three Nest Aware pricing plans. Each plan is for just one Nest camera and video doorbell device. The plans range from $5 a month for five days of video history, to $30 a month for 30 days of stored videos. However, the new Nest Aware plans and prices should be a big improvement.
According to Google, there will only be two Nest Aware plans in early 2020. One will cost $6 a month and will offer 30 days of video event history, which means that it will store clips “only when the camera detects activity”. The other big change is that the plan will also cover all Nest camera devices in one home, rather than just one Nest camera. The second, and more expensive plan, Nest Aware Plus, will cost $12 a month. It will also cover all the Nest cameras in a home, plus increase the video event history to 60 days. It will also add 10 days of storage for continuous 24/7 video coverage.
Google claims that current Nest Aware subscribers should be able to switch their current plan to one of the two new plans when they go live in early 2020. In addition, Nest Aware will add alerts from Google’s smart speakers and displays if they are in the home as well. If you own a Google Nest Mini speaker, it will use machine learning-based AI to identify sounds like dogs barking or a carbon monoxide alarm going off while you are away from home. Nest Aware will send an alert to your smartphone if something like that is detected by a Nest speaker or display. The alert will also send you information on the nearest 911 call center and will allow you to call them if you have an emergency.
The new Nest Aware app will also provide a way for owners to see all the alerts and notifications from their home, and organize them in terms of importance.
What do you think of the new Nest Aware plans, prices and features?