The new Nest Cam and Nest app has leaked, just a week ahead of the company’s event. This comes not long after an FCC filing hinted that Nest would be revealing a new camera at next week’s conference.
Pictured above, you can see that it takes on a similar design to that of the Dropcam, but with a slimmer profile. Nest acquired Dropcam last year, so it’s not surprising that they stuck with a similar design. However, sources at Droid-Life say that this device has been in testing for months now under disguise as a Dropcam Pro, only with Nest’s branding.
The Google-acquired company is progressively rolling out new features to the Nest Cam, such as 1080p video streaming and Bluetooth support, as we saw in the FCC listing. Obviously we’ll get the full scoop of what’s packed in the new device at Nest’s event next week.
Additionally, sources at Droid-Life are saying that the Nest app is about to receive a major update aimed at combining Dropcam and Nest products. As is the norm in most overhauls, the Nest app’s UI will get a more modern redesign. The big aim of this update is to make the Nest app a central hub for accessing and controlling all of your Nest products, not just the new Nest Cam, but the thermostat, and etc.
What might be the most disappointing thing about Nest’s app overhaul is that it isn’t sporting Material Design, despite being a Google company now. We could hear more about this at Nest’s even next week or in an update further down the road.
It’ll be interesting to see how Nest makes this work, as one of the drawbacks of Dropcam was the ridiculous subscription fees it wanted its customers to foot. Nest could certainly make it more practical by getting rid of the subscription fee, and possibly provide internal storage. But, with how slim the profile of the device is and all the features it’s said to pack, that might not be the case.
I’m more curious how this will help further Google’s smart home efforts. It’ll also be interesting to see if Nest plans on revealing any other products under wraps. We’ll just have to wait and see what Nest has to say at its event next week.