Nest Thermostat and Protect (lifestyle 001)

Following a recent refresh with Material Design, iPhone 6 support and Maps in search results, Google’s main search client for iOS and Android today gained the ability to interact with your Nest smart thermostat, along with other Nest-branded devices for the connected home, using Google Now voice commands.

Replicating some of the functionality provided by Nest’s own iPhone application, Google’s native search app for the iPhone and iPad takes advantage of voice input and Now cards to help control your Nest hardware.

Just fire up the app and either tap the mic or say “Ok Google” to get started. This is a silent feature upgrade on the backend so no download is required.

After tapping the mic or saying “OK, Google,” continue with something along the lines of “set Nest to 73 degrees” and your house will be cozy and warm when you arrive.

And as the Mountain View, California based firm noted, if you’re away from home the app will put up location-based Now cards to control your Nest gear no matter where you are, as long as you have an Internet connection.

Here’s controlling a Nest using the Android app.

Google 5.0 for Android (Nest integration)

“Your Google app can let your Nest know you’re on your way home and it’ll pre-heat or cool to your preferred temperature — and you’ll get a notification in return,” the search giant wrote in a post over at Google+.

To set this feature up, go to workswithnest.google.com.

Download the Google app free in the App Store.

  • Paul Natsch

    After clicking, “Yes, I’m in” I get an error message. Maybe this feature hasn’t been activated yet?

  • This is actually rather scary. Considering the search results shown underneath the Nest card this implies that Google is actively tracking how many times you adjust your heating (or rather tracking your search query which can be used to infer how many times you have adjusted your heating).

  • justme

    sorry for this OFFTOPIC but…
    anyone noticed that battery life is worst in 8.1.2 than 8.1 ?
    I think they messed up with this update, maybe they added more processes to the background trying to get more “security”.