Google Assistant is now built into the Nest Cam IQ indoor camera

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Google's voice-activated digital assistant is branching out to the Nest deluxe security camera in an expansion which could amplify privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones. Now, effectively, it doubles as a smart speaker.

Today Nest officially announced that it is sending out the OTA update to the Cam IQ security camera which will bring Google Assistant into the mix.

Google Assistant is built directly into the Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max speakers.

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Even if Google's assistant does not eavesdrop, its presence on an indoor security camera is likely to focus more attention on the handling and protection of the data collected through internet-connected devices.

Like other devices equipped with the Google Assistant, this update allows users to simply say "OK Google", after which you can ask it a question or have it perform a command (like turning on your outside lights or opening the garage door).

Nest Aware can now tell the difference between people and things.
Keep in mind Alphabet recently announced it will fold Nest into its Google hardware team, instead of operating it separately. Alerts for your activity zones will now be able to distinguish between people and things, and if you have either the indoor or outdoor Cam IQ, Nest Aware will detect familiar faces in duplicate photos and merge them together in your photo library. That means you will be able to ask the security camera how the weather is, create appointments in your calendar, and much more.

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