Google is officially expanding support for the first-generation Nest Cam Indoor in public preview of the Google Home app, bringing the indoor camera to the company’s smart home control platform eight years after launching the first device.
In a Google Nest Community blog, Google says the move brings its users closer to a singular Home app experience, letting users manage their Nest Cam Indoor alongside other device sin the Home app.
Users can join the public preview and via the Home app, can transfer their camera. However, this process may take a few weeks as Google slowly adds more Nest Cam Indoor users each week. Eligible Nest Cam Indoor users will get an email once access has been rolled out to all users.
The Nest Cam Indoor experience in the Home app will allow users to try new features like an updated camera history experience and adding the camera to the Favorites tab, allowing users to see camera feeds on the app’s opening page.
Google says the Home app is an easier and more organized way of managing all compatible third-party and Google Nest devices in one place, bringing Nest app controls and features to its smart home control app. A new camera controller allows users to switch between event and timeline views, and fine-level scrubbing allows for quick finding of footage.
However, users will no longer see their camera in the Nest app once it is transferred to the Google Home app, the company says. The live view will be removed and no new history will accumulate in the Nest app. However, camera history from before the transfer will stay in the Nest app until it expires.
Other older cameras will remain in the Nest app until Google supports their ability to transfer to the Home app, the company says.
Google plans to begin supporting other Nest devices in the Google Home app, including the Nest Cam Outdoor.
“Beyond cameras, we’ll continue to bring support for many Nest devices and features to the Home app, one device at a time, while maintaining privacy, security, and experiences for our customers,” Google states in a blog post. “Each device has its own complexity and requires migrating infrastructure, updates to device software, and evaluating if the hardware can be supported.”
Google still plans to support the Nest app for the time being.
The update comes after Google launched a refreshed version of the Home app in May.
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