We'd like to share more about what’s to come with our camera portfolio, including an introduction to our newest camera, Nest Doorbell (wired, 2nd gen).
So, Gen 2… What’s New?
We’ve come a long way since launching our first-gen wired Nest Doorbell (aka Nest Hello). We’ve made a ton of improvements that make the new Nest Doorbell (wired, 2nd gen) the smartest and fastest way to know what’s happening at your door. It comes with a few key upgrades from our first-gen wired doorbell:
Our smartest alerts: Fast on-device processing delivers intelligent alerts not only when a person is detected, but also when packages, vehicles, or animals are detected, no subscription required.
The full view of what’s happening: Ataller field of view, sharp HD video with HDR, and 3 hours of event video history are included, so you can see what you missed. It’s also our clearest image yet. The Image Quality Evaluation Team at DXOMARK has quoted, “The Google Nest Doorbell (wired, 2nd gen) is the best camera doorbell we have tested so far in terms of image quality, with a high level of detail and accurate exposure, allowing you to easily recognize whoever is at the door, even at night.” DXOMARK is the international leader in quality assessment of image, display, audio and battery, of smartphones and other consumer electronics.
With a Nest Aware Plus subscription, you can add up to 60 days of event video history and 10 days of 24/7 continuous video history. You can also set custom activity zones, so you can keep a close eye on only the areas you care about.
Simple, elegant, and compact design: It’s meant to fit in with your home, and because of its compact form factor, you can even install it even within narrow door frames or tighter spaces. Check out the four colors in comes in (US only):
The new Nest Doorbell is our second generation wired doorbell. You will still be able to purchase Nest Doorbell (wired, 1st gen) at select retailers in US and CA while supplies last. Outside of the US and CA, customers can still purchase Nest Doorbell (wired, 1st gen).
We'll continue to support all existing Nest doorbell devices with customer support and ongoing security updates.
Ready to upgrade?
Nest Doorbell (battery) offers a lot of versatility, but if you have a compatible set-up, you may want to switch to the reliability of a wired doorbell — so you never have to worry about charging a battery or running out of power. Before you purchase, follow these steps to check your system compatibility.
The 2nd-gen wired doorbell requires a 16-24 VAC / 10 VA transformer to power the device. Check your system compatibility, and if you need to replace your transformer and chime, pro install is recommended.
It’s no secret that cameras have been a hot topic in our community and for good reason– they’re an essential part of any smart home ecosystem. We’ve heard a lot of feedback from long-time Nest users that we needed to make improvements to the Google Home app to make your camera experience more seamless. And over the past year, we’ve taken steps to address that:
We launched our Nest camera and doorbell integration with Chromecast with Google TV, so you can view your camera live streams directly on your TV.
We’re expandingHousehold Routines to be even more helpful. We’re introducing new starters and actions that let you truly automate your home. For example, you can have your porch lights automatically turn on whenever your doorbell is pressed after 6pm or have your TV volume lower when someone’s at the door.
Soon, we will roll out a Public Preview of Google Home for web, allowing you to view all your Nest camera and doorbell live streams from a compatible web browser.
In the coming weeks, we’ll start bringing over the best of the Nest app into the Home app, including a completely refreshed camera experience:
You’ll be able to scroll through events quickly and easily with the vertical timeline, just like in the Nest app. Within an event you can scrub horizontally with precision.*
You can quickly toggle between timeline and events list views to review all of your camera’s footage or find a specific event.*
You’ll be able to favorite any Nest camera or doorbell to view its live camera feed directly when you open the app, giving you immediate and glanceable access to what’s happening in and around your home - saving precious taps.
Coming soon, the latest features will be available to users in the Public Preview program first before they are broadly available. See more of what’s coming to the Google Home app in this community blog post.
*Available with the Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery) Nest Cam (indoor, wired), Nest Cam with floodlight, Nest Doorbell (battery), and Nest Doorbell (wired, 2nd generation)
Thank you to our community!
Lastly, we want to thank our community for offering feedback on our camera portfolio over the past few months. It hasn’t gone unnoticed, and we sincerely hope that these improvements have addressed some of your concerns and improved your experience with Nest cameras. And this isn’t the end! Subscribe to the community blog to become a part of our journey to build a better, more unified smart home.