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May 16, 2019

Google attempts to shed light on the confusing ‘Works with Nest’ to ‘Works with Google Assistant’ transition

When Google decided to deprecate its Works with Nest API, there was a litany of questions left behind of what would happen. Some of those answers came when third parties started sending notices to Nest product owners saying that their apps and routines would not work with their cameras, thermostats, and other appliances past August 31 (or earlier). At the same time, as Nest account holders begrudgingly move their roots to a Google account, there are questions as to if all the Works with Nest integrations will be carried over.

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May 16, 2019

Assistant will soon be able to turn off lights and appliances automatically when you leave home

If you ask my neighbors, they’ll probably tell you they’ve heard me shout “OK Google; I’m leaving” at least once. This isn’t because I like everybody to know I’m headed out, but rather to turn every smart device off using Assistant. You could argue that since I’m carrying my phone with me, I could set up a routine that does it for me, but I would need to do that for every single app that can control my IoT objects, and I’m not comfortable sharing my location with some of these companies.

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May 16, 2019

Google promises it won’t cut off Works With Nest prematurely

Google angered more than a few smart home enthusiasts when it announced that it was shutting down Works With Nest, but it at least has some news to reassure fans of the Nest ecosystem. The company has shared an updated plan that explains what happen…
 
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May 7, 2019

The end of Works With Nest could be trouble for smart homes

Google’s integration of the Nest brand may have some downsides for smart home enthusiasts. The company has revealed that it’s phasing out its Works With Nest program in the summer in favor of a Works With Google Assistant framework. The new program…
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