Google has announced that that it will be rolling out a new version of its Nest Aware subscription service starting in 2020, with simplified pricing and new features.
Since 2015, Google has offered Nest Aware as a premium subscription for its Nest security cameras for $5, $10, or $30 per month. The subscription gives you 24/7 continuous recording, access to video history, and more options for alerts, but if you wanted to use Nest Aware with multiple cameras, you had to pay a discounted monthly fee per additional camera. For simpler pricing Google says that one monthly fee for Nest Aware covers all of your cameras as well as some Nest and Google Home speakers and displays. For $6 per month, Nest Aware will give you access to 30 days of “event video history,” which is a recording made when your camera senses motion or sound. For $12 per month, you’ll get access to 60 days of event video history and 10 days of 24/7 video history.
Google’s cheapest tier covers all Nest devices with Nest aware functionality and for just an additional $3 per month. I think it’s a good deal.
Some Nest and Google Home speakers and displays are now part of Nest Aware because the overhauled subscription will let them listen for smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, according to Google. If your alarm goes off and it seems like it might be for an emergency, Google says you’ll be able to call the security service closest to your home using the Google Home app. You’ll also be able to call the security service if you’re having an emergency in which you can not reach your phone by using the Google Nest or Home speaker.