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Nest Audio speakers will work as a home theatre set up with the Chromecast soon

Soon, the line of Nest Audio speakers with the combination of Chromecast will work together to form a home theatre setup, much like how the HomePod and HomePod mini work with the Apple TV. Google has spoken to the Wall Street Journal and confirmed this and the update should be coming soon, at some stage. At the moment there isn’t much information how exactly how it works or if it supports […]

Google kills off Nest Secure, after over three years on the market

Google owns Nest and has done for a number of years now and while it seems the Nest brand is now being used more and more for Google’s home efforts, with Nest WiFi and Nest Audio products popping up, Google is killing off one product which hasn’t really been spoken about much since it launched in 2017. Nest Secure was the company’s first foray into security for the home, launched […]

Google Pixel 2 will be getting its last update later this year

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL were introduced at the end of 2017 and just last month, both phones received an update for Android 11 and this week they also had a new security update but come December this year they’ll be one last update and that’s it for these devices, after that they’ll be considered end of life and will have no more bug fix updates or security […]

Google’s Chromecast finally comes with a remote!

Many have heard of the original Google Chromecast – the cheap, yet capable dongle that turns a dumb tv into a smart tv. The new Chromecast can do the same things as the old one, but it now offers an Android based operating system and now, a dedicated remote. The remote has the typical navigation buttons you would find on other devices, as well as dedicated launcher buttons for Netflix […]

YouTube on Apple TV is rolling out support for 4K

With tvOS 14 Apple finally opted to support Google’s own VP9 codec for UHD 4K content, as well as on iOS too. tvOS launched a few weeks ago and starting late last week, the official YouTube app on Apple TV was updated to support 4K videos. Previously the max was 1080p on the Apple TV and now users will have access to 1440p and 2160p (4K) videos on YouTube. tvOS […]

Gmail app can now be used as the default mail app on iOS 14

With iOS 14, which Apple released to the public last week on Tuesday, users can now choose to change some default apps such as email and the web browser, Google has now updated its Gmail app for iOS 14 to support this so users can now change their default mail app to be the Gmail app. Google has also updated Chrome for iOS 14, so that can be the default […]

Have Spotify Premium? You could get a free Google Nest Mini

Spotify Premium users here in the UK are able to grab themselves a free Google Nest Mini speaker as of yesterday. A new partnership between Google and the streaming service allows premium users to get a Google Nest Mini free of charge (usually retailed at £49.99), and even the shipping is free! You can choose from four colours – Chalk, charcoal, coral or sky. Both existing and new premium users […]

Google is planning on adding Nest Hub units to hotel rooms

This week, Google announced that it is going to be partnering up with a selection of hotels in the US to bring the Nest Hub to hotel rooms to provide voice assisted information to guests. Guests will be able to ask it for more towels and other questions about the hotel. But more importantly, during the current pandemic and the need to touch things less, you’ll be able to control […]

Nest’s camera system was down for 17 hours this week

This week on Tuesday, Google’s Nest had a major outage which affected the entire cloud system for Nest cameras. Nest had an issue with a scheduled software update, which didn’t go quite right. “scheduled storage server software update that didn’t go as intended” The 17 hour outage obviously affected all of the Nest cameras, including the Nest Cam IQ cameras, the Nest Hello Doorbell and also, the Nest Hub Max. Update: […]

Nest will require two-factor authentication this spring

Smart home security is a hot topic at the moment, what with Ring having had some accounts comprised partly due to users reusing passwords from other accounts, not having two-factor authentication enabled and also contractors having had access to video feeds. Google’s Nest is planning on boosting its users security later this year by requiring that all new and existing users to enable two-factor authentication, but not SMS based as […]