Nest IQ Cam gets Google Assistant smarts and a cheaper subscription plan

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Smart home company Nest today announced that a promised Google Assistant update for its Cam IQ security camera has now arrived, which brings Google's voice-based artificial intelligence platform to the indoor version of the camera.

Google clearly has a goal of putting the Google Assistant just about everywhere. It's far and away the "smartest" home security camera you can buy today. Now, after being announced past year, an update is turning Nest's best camera into a Google Assistant speaker. You will, however, be able to use the Assistant on the Nest camera to start streaming music or podcasts to a Chromecast-enabled device.

With the Google Assistant built into Nest Cam IQ, owners will be able to ask the standard queries they would on any other device that has Google Assistant support. And if you have a Nest Cam IQ indoor or outdoor camera, Nest Aware will now be able to merge duplicate familiar faces of the same person within your photo collections.

Nest Aware, Nest's cloud storage subscription service, is now available starting at $5 per month for 5 days of continuous storage, rather than its pricey $10 per month starter plan.

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The Nest Cam IQ is Nest's top-of-the-line indoor camera, with a 4K sensor and an outrageously powerful (for a camera) six-core processor.

Nest has long offered two plans: a $10/month plan that lets you store the last 10 days of video history, and a $30/month plan that gave you 30 days of video history.

These significant changes come after Google fully integrated Nest back into the company. We marked it down for the expense and its reliance on the Nest Aware subscription service. As you can imagine, it can get pretty expensive to have access to video history with Nest, which is why this $5 plan is nice to see.