Although it took a while, Google delivered on its promise and delivered a new web interface for its Nest cameras.
Google Nest users have been asking for a web experience for some time. Although there was a silver lining last year through a Reddit thread, it seems the time has finally arrived, with Google posting on its Nest Community blog that it will start rolling out a web interface from from this week.
Nest owners will be able to visit home.google.com to see their Nest cameras and doorbell feeds on the web. If you’ve never owned a smart security camera or doorbell, these types of products are usually set up using an app. This application becomes the central product hub. It can be used to monitor, change settings, review footage and update devices with live updates. While it’s great and convenient, sometimes you don’t want to have to use an app just to see what’s going on at home, the office, or anywhere else. Other times you don’t have access to the app to check things out. That’s when logging into a website just to check things out quickly comes in handy.
Using the web interface, users will be able to watch live views in full-screen mode, zoom in to see details, view their camera statuses, and more. Additionally, users will have some control over their devices through the web interface, such as the ability to turn cameras on and off and wake up a battery-powered camera. As for supported device types, the web interface will currently be available for Nest Cam, Nest Cam with Spotlight, Nest Doorbell, Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam Outdoor, and both Nest Cam IQ.
While rolling out the web interface, Google said it would be in preview, which means it will continue to evolve the interface over time. It also means that users will be able to leave comments, which Google encourages.
Source: Google Nest Community