New Delhi — Google in its blog post on Friday announced that it will end support for some of its home products including Nest Secure, Dropcam and Works.
Starting April 8, 2024, support for Nest Secure – which included Nest Guard, Nest Detect, Nest Tag and worked with the Nest app – will end and it will no longer be accessible via the app. Until then, users will still be able to use all the current features, however, Google encourages users to make the switch to another system before then.
“We understand that changing the technology in your home is hard. To show our appreciation and help provide a smooth transition, we will give users an exclusive offer for a Self Setup System from ADT on us (up to $485 value) or $200 to use on the Google Store,” the post read.
Regarding its Wi-Fi-enabled video-streaming camera, Dropcam, Google said, “We are proud to have launched Dropcam over 10 years ago, and it was one of the first smart cameras on the market. As we look at what it takes to support your home security needs going forward, it has become increasingly challenging to continue to update these products given the early hardware. So we made the difficult decision to stop support for Dropcam starting April 8, 2024.”
The post asked the Dropcam users to download and save their video history before April 8 as after it Dropcam will no longer work and they won’t be able to use their Nest app to check status.
“If you are a current Nest Aware subscriber, we will be offering you a Nest Cam (indoor, wired) on us to help you keep your home secure. If you are not a Nest Aware subscriber, we’re offering a 50% discount toward a new Nest Cam (indoor, wired),” it read.
“The connected home has evolved significantly in the past 10 years. In 2019 we made the decision to eventually retire Works with Nest to unify our efforts around third-party connected home devices under a single platform for developers with a focus on compatibility, security, and privacy. We extended the support for Works with Nest for the last few years, and we will officially end Works with Nest as of September 29, 2023. Until that date, all current Works with Nest connections will remain active. Starting Sept. 29, those connections will no longer work and you will lose access to them,” the blog post read.
It further read, “In the coming months, for those interested, we’ll make available a script editor for you to create advanced home automation that will offer new features and capabilities. We’re also working closely with our partners to provide replacement integrations where possible.”