This is what a Nest Secure looks like. That’s a hub/keypad up top, with a keychain presence sensor and two pieces of a “Nest Detect” sensor.
No one is quite sure what to make of Google’s home security plans lately. The company recently discontinued the Nest Secure, its $500 home security system, so, on one hand, it is out of the home security market. On the other hand, Google also recently signed a $450 million deal with home monitoring firm ADT, which will see it “combine Nest’s award-winning hardware and services, powered by Google’s machine-learning technology, with ADT’s installation, service and professional monitoring.” With the Nest Secure being discontinued, does this mean Google is rebooting its security hardware into something that goes hand in hand with ADT? Is the Nest Secure product line dead? How much longer will the existing Nest Secure be supported?
About a week after news broke that the Nest Secure was discontinued, Google started to communicate to Nest Secure owners in a forum post, a help page, and an email about what is going on. Regardless, it still hasn’t provided a very clear picture of the future.
The most concrete message out of all that communication is that existing Nest Secure users will have at least one more chance to stock up on hardware soon. The Nest Secure works by having a hub/keypad (the Nest Guard) monitor your house via sensors on the doors and windows (the Nest Detect sensors), and users can authorize themselves either with the code or by tapping an NFC tag (the Nest Tag) against the hub. The sudden stoppage of hardware sales was a real bummer for anyone who was already invested in the system and maybe wanted to monitor one more door or window in the future, or someone who was worried about a sensor breaking.