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Google to end Works with Nest developer programme

Steve Rogerson
May 14, 2019

Google is winding down the Works with Nest developer programme on August 31, 2019. Its goal, it says, is to deliver a single consumer and developer experience through the Works with Google Assistant programme, which works with more than 30,000 devices from over 3500 home automation brands.
Since Nest joined Google’s hardware team last year, the company says it has been working to make the smart home less complicated and more helpful by creating a home where products are easy to set up, simple to manage and work seamlessly together. As such it is bringing together all Nest and Home products under the Nest brand.
“We’re reimagining how technology and services can deliver simple and helpful experiences in your home to do more for you and your family,” said a Google statement. “Over the coming months, you’ll begin seeing changes across our products, accounts, services and policies as we bring everything together under Nest.”
The company wants to unify its efforts around third-party connected home devices under a single developer platform – a one-stop shop for both its developers and customers to build a more helpful home.
Works with Nest was created in 2014 at a time when there was no single place to manage and control Nest devices alongside other smart home devices. The connected home has evolved since then as has how people interact and manage their devices. Voice interaction and device control is now at the centre of the connected home experience and Google Assistant has evolved into a more rounded home developer platform.
Whereas Works with Nest, with permission, allows many third-party partners direct access and control of Nest devices, Works with Google Assistant allows all connected devices to be controlled by the Google Assistant through voice, the Google Home or Assistant apps, or through Home View with smart displays, again with permission.
From the Home or Assistant apps, users can set up multi-device automated actions, such as morning or bedtime routines through Assistant Routines. Third parties will no longer be able to ask for permission to access or control Nest devices directly, keeping data more private.
Over the next few months, users with Nest Accounts will be invited to migrate to Google Accounts, benefiting from protections and a single account across the Nest and Google Home apps, and all of Google’s other products. It also means Nest and Google Home devices and services should be able to work even better together.
Google says that having a single account will let Nest and Google Home devices work together in new ways, for example Nest Hub – formerly Google Home Hub – can show live video from the Nest Hello video doorbell. This means when someone rings the bell, the homeowner can see who is at the front door without any additional set-up.
Though migrating from a Nest account to Google Accounts is optional, those who choose not to move will not be able to access many connected home devices and services in the future. Security updates though will be available to all users regardless of account type.