Google might be taking the wraps off its Pixel 7 smartphone and Pixel Watch smartwatch at its Made by Google event in New York City later this week, however in the present day, Google-owned Nest is sharing just a few new merchandise and updates within the firm’s smart-home ecosystem—from a brand new Nest Wifi Pro router with Wi-Fi 6E support to a redesigned Google Home app.
Here’s the whole lot Nest introduced.
New Nest Doorbell and Nest Wifi Pro
Last yr, Nest debuted a second-generation Nest Doorbell (Battery), a battery-powered video doorbell. Now, it is time for a second-gen wired model, for individuals who do not need to fear about their doorbell working out of juice. It seems to be fairly related and has related specs however is 30 p.c smaller. There’s 24/7 recording assist, and it shops three hours of vital occasions in its native reminiscence in case your Wi-Fi goes out. (Nest has doubled the onboard reminiscence from the first-gen Nest Doorbell.)
The new doorbell’s digicam is not as high-resolution as the unique Nest Doorbell, with a 960 x 1,280-pixel decision, but it surely’s the HDR assist that takes the digicam high quality a step additional—it will be capable of deal with vivid lights and higher expose your footage. Nest says it has fine-tuned the picture high quality to be clearer in varied lighting and climate situations too. Like the Nest Doorbell (Battery), it has two-way audio with noise cancellation, is IP54 water- and dust-resistant, and might detect folks, packages, automobiles, animals, and acquainted faces (the latter requires a Nest Aware subscription). It requires a Google account to function in addition to the Google Home app.
The Nest Doorbell (Wired, Second Gen) is out there in the present day within the US and Canada and prices $180, a decrease beginning value than the unique however the identical value because the second-gen battery-powered mannequin. It’s product of 43 p.c recycled supplies.
Nest can also be including a brand new Nest Wifi Pro to its present Nest Wifi router lineup. This is the corporate’s first router with Wi-Fi 6E assist, including tri-band connectivity, an more and more widespread characteristic on mesh routers. Essentially, the router now makes use of three totally different bands: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz. The latter new band can transmit extra knowledge at sooner speeds to your units, although it will not be as far-reaching, which is why it nonetheless employs the longer-range 2.4-GHz band. (You can learn extra in our Wi-Fi 6E explainer here.) The caveat? Your units have to assist Wi-Fi 6E too, and proper now, that is only a handful of current telephones and laptops.