Video: Google ups the security ante with next-generation Nest Cams and Doorbell

by James Wilkinson

Google is upping the at-home security ante with the release this week (Aug 25) of the next-generation Nest Cams and Doorbell.

The Google Nest Cam (battery) is the company’s first outdoor/indoor battery-powered camera (AU$329), while the Google Nest Doorbell (battery) is the company’s first battery-powered doorbell (AU$329).

“Google Nest’s mission is to build products that make a more helpful home,” says Google’s Director of Product Management, Sophie Le Guen. “All of this starts with helping you understand what’s happening within the walls of your home and outside of it.

“One of Nest’s first goals was to simplify home security, and it helped millions of people across the globe do this.

“So when we started dreaming up our next generation of cameras and doorbells, we wanted to incorporate the way the connected home — and your expectations — were heading.

“That included smarter alerts, wire-free options for installation flexibility, greater value and beautiful designs, plus enhanced privacy and security.

“We wanted our newest line to give you the most comprehensive set of intelligent alerts right out of the box, and easily work with your other Nest products, like displays,” Le Guen says.

Then there’s Google Nest Cam with floodlight, the company’s first connected floodlight camera (AU$549) and finally the second-generation Google Nest Cam (wired), a wired indoor camera and what Google says is the “most affordable Nest Cam ever” (AU$169).

“We’ve heard how much people appreciate it when their Nest products all work well together,” she says. “These new devices are no different.

“With the new Nest Cams and a display, you can keep an eye on the backyard from your kitchen and get alerts when the doorbell rings.

“Our new cameras are also fully integrated with the Google Home app. The Google Home app works with any compatible Android or iOS device, giving you access to all your compatible home devices in one place, anywhere and anytime,” Le Guen says.

The new battery-powered Nest Cam and Nest Doorbell are available now from the Google Store.