Nest Releases Outdoor Security Camera, Mobile App Update in the Works

Google-owned Nest has unveiled Nest Cam Outdoor, its first new product since co-founder Tony Fadell left the company.

The outdoor home security camera is similar to last year's Nest Cam – now called the Nest Cam Indoor. The wired outdoor Cam captures 1080p HD video and features a two-way mic, 20-foot infrared night vision, and a 130-degree wide-angle viewing lens.

Nest Outdoor Cam
In addition, the Nest Cam Outdoor features waterproofing and a more rounded design, while a magnetized disc on the rear of the camera fixes it to external surfaces, such as house guttering.

Both cameras carry the same price tag of $199 and work with the Nest mobile app, which the company says will receive a redesign later this month. The app offers encrypted video streaming as well as additional $10-per-month, subscription-based video features, including upcoming features like wide-angle camera views and human profile detection.

The camera doesn't work with Apple's HomeKit, but Nest says it will work with Google Home, despite the camera running on its own proprietary platform.


The new camera signals Nest's ongoing commitment to developing smart home products on its own, despite being acquired by Google in 2014 and its co-founder and former CEO leaving the company last month. Speculation regarding Fadell's departure revolved around recent issues at Nest, including a long length of time between product releases and software issues with the Nest Protect smoke detector that led to a recall.

Tony Fadell is credited as one of the original creators of the iPod, heading up the project as senior vice president of the iPod division at Apple from 2006 to 2008. He still holds a role as "advisor" to Nest, and left a two-year roadmap for the company's new CEO Marwan Fawaz, a former Motorola executive.

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42 months ago
Now the burglar can steal the camera as a consolation prize! :p
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42 months ago



The app offers encrypted video streaming as well as additional $10-per-month, subscription-based video features, including upcoming features like wide-angle camera views and human profile detection.


How exciting... another monthly subscription fee!

It strikes me as odd how "cord cutting" has become so popular and yet the # of other products with monthly fees continues to proliferate. I am so sick of monthly fees, but this one is absurd. $10 for the camera to act like a camera and give you a wide angle view? Or face recognition, something that home based software can do. It's a monthly pick pocketing but consumers buy into it even as they reject the monthly cable bill. So bizarre. I would think they would reject all this monthly nickel and diming.
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42 months ago
I'm not sending survellance of my home to Google.
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42 months ago
ugly cord hanging down.
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42 months ago

"Cord Cutting" is about hating monopolistic cable companies, not being poor. People just want choice on their subscriptions.

The issue is the proliferation of subscription services to the point where its death by a thousand cuts. 10 dollars a month isn't bad, on its own, but throw in 6 or 7 other subscription services and its quickly high. I have a handful of subscription services but I'm seriously looking at what I can do to find alternatives at this point.
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42 months ago
No HomeKit. No buy.
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42 months ago

How exciting... another monthly subscription fee!

It strikes me as odd how "cord cutting" has become so popular and yet the # of other products with monthly fees continues to proliferate. I am so sick of monthly fees, but this one is absurd. $10 for the camera to act like a camera and give you a wide angle view? Or face recognition, something that home based software can do. It's a monthly pick pocketing but consumers buy into it even as they reject the monthly cable bill. So bizarre. I would think they would reject all this monthly nickel and diming.

It seems the average consumer has already forgotten what software can do locally.

Why does Siri still need internet for every single task?
Why do I have to "subscribe" to more and more software that is PERFECTLY reasonable to buy once and own for a long time until an upgrade MIGHT be useful? (*stern look at Adobe*)
Why the **** are we putting up with this crap? Vote with your wallets folks... ffs...

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42 months ago

"Cord Cutting" is about hating monopolistic cable companies, not being poor. People just want choice on their subscriptions.


Not sure how you interpreted my post to even suggest cord cutting has anything to do with wealth, or lack thereof. Regardless it's an incorrect one.

My point is that people are cord cutting because they are tired of paying for that product's overpriced monthly subscription and yet the overpriced/unnecessary subscription model continues to proliferate.

If you read my post carefully it's not the subscription model per se that I'm questioning, it's the companies using the subscription model to enable functionality as a ploy to suck out monthly fees from consumer wallets when a one-time fee home software package is possible. It's similar to apps that require "in app purchases" to make the app usable. In this case, a $10 fee to enable wide-view mode and facial recognition. You don't find that a ludicrous or at least a bit appalling?

This is very different that the old magazine subscription or fruit of the month subscription where you are getting actual product for your money. This is using a subscription to enable features of a product that should just be part of the spec list or not and sold for a flat price.

So you are wrong IMHO, it's not always about choice. The modern subscription model used solely to enable functionality is closer to tyranny. The consumer's choices are more limited, not widened by it, especially as they proliferate. Typically subscription model generates more revenue for a company because the consumer ends up pay net more for the product than if it was sold at a one-time price.
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42 months ago
I'm looking for an outdoor camera to complement my indoor cameras, but without HomeKit, it's a no go.
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42 months ago
Magnetically mounted?? Oh look a $200 camera, let me just yank on this powercord hanging down and it's all mine.
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