Delivering useful mobile notifications is one of the most important things Nest products can do, so we’re always working to cut down on unwanted alerts and make the ones you do get more helpful. Today we’re introducing a new version of the Nest app that makes Nest Cam notifications better.
For starters, because doors are one of the most important areas in the home to keep an eye on, we’re introducing automatic door detection for Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor as part of Nest Aware (sold separately). As we roll out this feature over the next few weeks, Nest Aware will learn to recognize the doors in your home, automatically create Activity Zones around them, and send you a notification when there’s motion there. Nest Aware subscribers have always been able to manually draw Activity Zones around areas they want to keep an eye on. By recognizing patterns over time, our sensors and deep learning algorithms let us make door detection an automated feature. It looks like this:
And when you get an alert from Nest Cam, there’s a thumbnail image that shows you what’s going on at a glance. Nest Aware subscribers using Android 7 or iOS 10 can even see an animated preview of the Nest Cam video clip – without having to open the app.
We’re also improving the alerts that Nest Cam owners get from Nest Protect. Now, if Nest Protect warns you of smoke or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, you’ll automatically see live video from all your Nest Cams. It’s just another way Nest products work better together.
There’s a new feature for Android users, too: app shortcuts. Press and hold the Nest app icon to open a specific Nest product, or drag and drop shortcuts to your Android desktop. Either way, you get right to what you need without as many taps.
Finally, we’re making it easier to find what you’re looking for in your Nest Aware video history, without a lot of scrolling. Jump right to a day in Sightline just by tapping the date. And get the information you need even faster.