Nest's indoor security camera now doubles as a Google Assistant speaker

If Google made one point at this year's CES conference, it was that it's putting the Google Assistant in all sorts of devices, from TVs to speakers, in an effort to oust Amazon's Alexa as the most important digital helper in your home.

The Cam IQ will get the Google Assistant via an update to the Nest app, and while it's now the only product in Nest's lineup to support this feature, it's expected to expand to more Nest hardware as time goes on.

Google's assistant can already be used to control Nest's cameras and internet-connected thermostat through its internet-connected speaker, Home, and smartphones running on its Android software.

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Like other devices equipped with the Google Assistant, this update allows users to simply say "OK Google", after which you can ask it a question or have it perform a command (like turning on your outside lights or opening the garage door). Owners will also be able to control other Nest-branded smart home accessories. The previously announced update for the Nest Cam IQ to include Google Assistant support will begin rolling out from today the company announced on their blog. That means you will be able to ask the security camera how the weather is, create appointments in your calendar, and much more.

With the Google and Nest teams now happily working together, the integration of services is coming.

The move comes just two weeks after Nest moved back under Google's direct control after spending almost two and a half years as a separate company owned by the same parent, Alphabet Inc.

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