Google announced the end of "Works With Nest" on Google I / O 2019. Many companies, from IFTTT to Philips Hue, use Works With Nest to automate your smart home. These automations will break soon.
The "Works With Nest" program is a third-party API company that used to integrate your Nest devices with your smart home. This shutdown does not take place until August 31, 2019, but after that date, all companies or services that use the program will be closed to access data and work with your Nest devices. What does it mean to you? It depends on both the companies' willingness to move to Google's new program and your willingness to take advantage of new integration.
"Automated Nest Devices" Works With Nest
If you own a Nest thermostat or camera, you may have configured Works with Nest integrations without understanding it. The program enabled third-party devices to talk to your Nest units so they could work together. The list of supported devices is extensive and covers everything from Control4 smarthomes to Lifx and Philips Hue Lightbulbs, to August Locks, Lutron and more.
The idea is straight ahead. For example, if your smarthome-enabled garage door is opened, it can reach out to your thermostat and inform you that you came home. It can tell Nest to adjust the thermostat or start recording with your Nest Camera.
The program provided your data to companies abroad
Google sees a fundamental problem with this form of integration. Under the current API, adjusting the thermostat provided your Nest data to your smart garage operator and company doing so. It has some meaning. Before you tell if the thermostat sets up the heat up or down, the other company must know how it is set. When data leaves Google's servers, Google cannot guarantee that it will be adequately secured or used properly.
You can see this in action with a custom app that we made for a built-in smart mirror. The app shows current and set temperatures along with moisture data. It is not displayed on a Nest or Google device, so we extract data from Google's servers (and technically make data available on a local server).
From a privacy point of view, it may be good that we own the data. But if a person can extract all this information using the Works with Nest program, then a company can. Technically, this single app can be published, and anyone can use it by logging in with a Nest account and then submitting data from anyone who used the app to a single developer.
Sure, it's every user's decision But does everyone really seem to make the decision they make and how much data they submit?
Works with Nest goes away, but everything is not lost
If your smart devices or services talk to your Nest products through Works with Nest, they will lose that opportunity after August 31. Which integration you set up, such as a door lock that tells your Nest camera to record, will stop working.
Google offers a replacement service called "Works with Google Assistant." Replacement Service Is Not Works for Nest Replacement It will require efforts for companies to switch over. The experience will be different, both for the companies that implement it and you.
While Works with Nest-delivered data and control of Nest products to third-party companies, it does not work with Google Assistant. Instead, Google handles everything from data to be controlled. Your data will remain with your Google Account. On the one hand, that provides more privacy and security for your data. On the other hand, you relieve some work for you.
Your locks, garage door openers and lights will not be able to determine what the temperature of your house should be. And they lack access to make any changes. Instead, you need to set up Google Assistant routines to perform these tasks. You chose to have the thermostat adjusted and how much or the camera started because someone turned on a light or opened a door.
How it works if companies can or will do the switch from Works With Nest to Works With Assistant. IFTTT is silent on the issue. On Twitter, Philips is referring users to Nest's website for more information, but it says nothing about the lamp company plans ahead. You can find Philips listed in Works with the Google program, but Philips may have more work to do to take full advantage of the service.
On the other hand, Control4 and Lutron sent us press releases that promised to make the jump to Works with Google Assistant.
What You Need To Do
In his usual query, Google explains that to take advantage of the new service, you need to convert your Nest account to a Google Account when it is sent out invites later this year. If you already have both accounts, you can merge them. But you may not want to do it immediately. The moment you make the switch, your Works with Nest integrations will stop working. If the other products in your house are not up to date yet, you will have to wait for further functionality. In its press release, Control4 recommends its users not to shut down immediately:
Control4 is currently working with a new Nest driver through the "Works with Google Assistant" program, with the intention of making it available before the shutdown of "Works with Nest", but this is dependent on getting Google certification. Control4 recommends users wait for any changes to their "Works with Nest" or Google Accounts until the new driver is installed.
You should check which integrations you use and what these companies say before merging your accounts. When you migrate, you must configure routines to control your devices. The process of migrating your account is not clear, Google says it will start emailing Nest users in the next few months so you can wait.
If you never integrated your Nest with other smarthome products, this doesn't affect you at all. If you have set it up, your data will be in the hands of fewer companies ahead. It's good for your privacy, even if sole control of your data is also desirable for Google.
Although this is inconvenient in the short term, it will make your smart home safer in the long run.
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