Google discontinues its languishing Nest Secure alarm system

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  • Google has discontinued its Nest Secure system.
  • The security hardware was largely unchanged for three years.
  • Other Nest devices can fill in at least some of the gaps.

The Nest Audio might be a triumph, but Google’s other smart home devices aren’t faring as well. Google has confirmed to Android Police that it has discontinued sales of Nest Secure, a week after the company listed the alarm system as “no longer available” on its official store.

Google didn’t explain why it had discontinued Nest Secure, but stressed that the product would continue to work for existing owners. The company didn’t say how long the system would remain active.

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It’s safe to say the device never got much (positive) attention. Google introduced Nest Secure in 2017, but left the system largely unchanged even as there were revisions to other Nest products. The biggest surprise was the discovery of an unlisted microphone that Google would later enable for Assistant, even as it raised privacy questions. It’s not surprising that Google discontinued Nest Secure, then — it just didn’t play an important role in the company’s strategy.

The decision leaves you with one less option for a smart security system, particularly if you’re heavily invested in Google technology. Current devices do fill some of the gaps. Nest security cameras still offer at least some protection. Nest Protect and thermostats offer motion-sensing features, too, albeit more for convenience than security. There just won’t be a direct equivalent to Nest Secure, for better or for worse.

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