Perhaps A More Gradual End To ‘Works With Nest’ Is Better As Google Makes Plans For ‘Works With Google Assistant’.
Google is rebranding everything under the Nest umbrella, so that Google’s security cameras, smart smoke detectors and smart displays will all have Nest in their names.
Works with Nest, a program that lets smart-home device makers integrate Nest gadgets with their devices, has also come to an end. You will no longer be able to control your lights or Nest thermostat with your Harmony remote. Google said that it is ending this program so as to improve privacy since third parties will not get access to data and devices anymore.
For the companies that were part of this program, the move was sudden. There was no prior notice and they received the information only via Google’s public announcements. The worst part about this is that so far, Google doesn’t have any replacement functionalities either.
Besides the program companies, customers are also in for a rough transition. Nest devices’ ability to connect to devices of different brands is one of the reasons why it was so popular. While you can use Google Assistant to create routines and activate them by scheduling or by using trigger words, it is not nearly as convenient. Hopefully, Google works to increase the functionalities with Works with Google Assistant program before the other one ends.
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