By Jay Bonggolto published 19 days ago
Alexa gains new skills that bridge the gap between the two smart home ecosystems.
Nest Cam Indoor (2nd Gen) (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)
What you need to know
- Amazon Alexa gains new skills for the Google Nest doorbell and cameras.
- The integration enables live view streaming from Google’s home security devices to be displayed on the Echo Show, Fire TV, or Fire tablets.
- Soon, Alexa will also be able to announce when your Nest Cam or doorbell detects a visitor.
Amazon Alexa now works with the Google Nest doorbell and cameras, showing you a live view of what’s going on outside your door via Alexa-enabled devices with a display.
The new support is compatible with many of the best Nest cameras announced last year, including the Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery), Nest Cam (indoor, wired), Nest Cam with floodlight, and Nest Doorbell (battery).
Amazon’s smart display, Fire TV, or Fire tablets will then provide a real-time view of what’s happening outside your house as captured by Google’s home security devices, Google said in a Nest Community post.Sponsored LinksWhy Are Dubai Houses So Cheap? (Take A Look)Villas In Dubai | Search Ads
The Nest Doorbell (battery) now also lets you speak with visitors at your door through the Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Fire TV, and Fire tablets. All you need to do is say, “Alexa, talk to the front door.”RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSEAndroid 13 Preview 1: What’s New!https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.516.0_en.html#goog_4270793370 seconds of 54 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND
Unfortunately, this new integration is not available on older Nest devices. That said, existing Alexa skills will still function with Nest devices, including older cameras. This means you can continue to ask Alexa to adjust the temperature on your Nest Learning Thermostat or show a livestream from your original Nest cameras on compatible Alexa devices.
To get started, you’ll need to set up your Nest devices in the Google Home app. After that, turn on the Google Nest skill for Alexa in the Alexa app on iOS and Android. You can also configure the settings in the Home app in order to receive alerts when a motion is detected or when your doorbell is pressed.
The new support marks the first step in bridging the gap between Amazon and Google’s smart home ecosystems. However, there is no indication that Amazon intends to add Google Assistant support to its family of home security devices.
In the near future, Amazon plans to enable Alexa to notify you when Google’s Nest doorbells and cameras detect a visitor at your door.
Nest Cam Outdoor
The Nest Cam (2021) is the only option with a weather-resistant housing that can be used outside for outdoor security. However, it also has the advantage of battery operation, which you may find useful indoors. Having said that, it comes at a much higher cost.US$194.40at Amazon
Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he’s not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera.MORE ABOUT…It’s official: Xiaomi is partnering with Leica, Galaxy S22 Ultra rival launching in J…Google saw the biggest smartphone market growth in North America during Q1 2022LATESTAsustor Lockerstor AS6604T review: Still one of the best 2.5GbE NAS enclosures around…