Nest prides themselves on offering an extensive line of home automation equipment that uses artificial intelligence and sleek designs that would compliment any home. Additionally, the Nest equipment is loaded with smart home sensors and other smart equipment. And each piece of equipment learns from the other to provide you with a flawless, hands-free experience with plenty of backups in place. This will ensure you are never without the use or protection of your system.
For those looking for convenience, the Nest home automation equipment can be easily integrated with other smart home devices. In fact, it works extremely well with Google Home, Alexa, Apple Homekit, SmartThings, and IFTTT, at least for now. But more about that in a moment.
If you want a nationally recognized, cosmetically appealing home automation system that is loaded with options, as well as being easy to use, then the Nest Home Automation system is for you.
Nest and Google Home
Nest and Google Home are well-known and highly-respected names, both produced by Google LLC. Google bought Nest Labs in January 2014 at which time their products were merged into Google's home devices. Then, in May 2019, Google announced all their home electronics devices going forward would be marketed under the Google Nest Brand.
As you probably already know, Nest was the brand that kicked off the home automation age with their electronic, programmable, self-learning, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat. The Nest thermostat took off and it's all history from there.
According to Google, you can control over 30,000 smart home devices using Google Home's voice commands. This includes your home security, TV, remotes, lights, appliances, plugs, thermostats and more.
With Nest, which, as we mentioned above, can include any and all of Google home electronic products, you can pretty much run your household hands-free at home or remotely. In fact, you can set up your Nest products to control almost every home automation device you own.
With Nest, you can also create commands that will enable you to control your online devices and services, share your devices with others in your home, and stream your security camera videos with your Google Nest display or Google Home either one. Additionally, you can also use a doorbell with your Google speaker or Google Nest display. Then there's the ability to set up and control your smart light bulbs or use the Gentle Sleep and Wake option with Google Home.
And so much more.
Nest and Google Home together are a powerhouse that makes home automation a breeze and a must have for anyone who wants a convenient, efficient hands-free way to control their home.
Nest and IFTTT
Google just announced they plan to end its Works with Nest program which will take place on August 31, 2019. Google will then replace the WWN program with the “Works with Google Assistant” program at that time. This change will break the IFTTT web-based service that enables users to build a home automation ecosystem using third-party products. Google states they are doing this due to their strong ongoing commitment to privacy. This change was implemented so Google could better focus on privacy, which would include data sharing, etc. with a smaller number of pre-approved partners.
After Google announced this change, they received tremendous backlash because of it. After some thought, they decided to still go ahead and end their WWN program on August 31, 2019, which means you won't be able to create any new WWN connections after that time. However, your existing devices and integrations will continue working after that date until you migrate your Nest account to your Google account.
Is this a good decision or bad decision on Google's part? Who knows—we'll let you decide. However, either way, it is going to cause some problems until all the kinks are worked out. But ultimately, it could be a good decision because what most people don't know is that when using the WWN program, they, perhaps unknowingly, give full access of their Nest data to any number of outside companies. And once that data leaves the Google server, Google can no longer protect that data, how it's being used, or how secure it is, and that's the problem they are trying to solve with this change.
Nest and Alexa
At this time, you can still use Nest with Alexa and will be able to do so as long as you have everything in place before Google discontinues their WWN program on August 31, 2019. How long you will be able to continue with it after that is anyone's guess.
But for now, Nest and Alexa are currently compatible. You can use the Alexa voice controls to control your Nest thermostat. Amazon's Alexa also supports Nest cameras, video doorbells, and more. Additionally, more and more skills are being added to Alexa every day to give your smart home more functionality and convenience. Fortunately, you can teach Alexa new skills, but you will have to turn on those new skills before you can actually use them.
It might be wise to keep in mind the upcoming Google changes, before choosing to go with a Nest and Alexa pairing. You might want to consider a Nest and Google Home pairing instead.
Nest and Apple Homekit
Google Nest and Apple Homekit are not currently compatible and that's probably not going to change anytime soon. This is because Google and Apple are rivals each continually coming up with new ways to add to and better their current offerings. And, as we mentioned above, Google is getting even closer to dominating the home automation landscape every day, especially since their purchase of the Nest brand a few years ago. So you won't be able to use Siri voice control with Nest anytime soon—if ever, because Nest is not HomeKit compatible.
Nest and SmartThings
Unfortunately, Nest is not compatible with SmartThings, which really won't matter much after August 31, 2019, because not much of anything will be except Google products. However, you can, at this time, use SmartThings with the Google Assistant's voice control. This means you can say things like “OK Google, set the thermostat to 70 degrees” or “OK Google, turn the thermostat up/down,” etc. and this should work. You just can't use Nest with SmartThings directly.