Google Switching Nest Cams To Default Streaming Quality Amid COVID-19


With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, most of the people around the world are said to stay at their home to promote social distancing. Due to this, most of the people are relying mostly on social media and online streaming platforms to spare their time. This leads to an increase in network strains. 

As a solution to such a problem, most of the online streaming platforms including Netflix, YouTube have capped their streaming quality to minimize network strain. In response to COVID-19, Google today announced that Nest Cams will switch to default quality to help conserve bandwidth.

Google announced this change by sending an email to the customers this morning. In the email, Google announced that it’s “temporarily adjusting your camera quality and bandwidth” to the default setting. Although the Low, Medium (low/high), and High tiers have always been governed by what connection is available, the company is now making default quality for everyone, regardless of their connection type.

The company cites the broader ISP impacts of “dropped video calls or frozen screens” rather than any specific effect on Nest services. Users are being advised about the change in quality as this rolls out over the next few days. Similar to YouTube, users can manually switch to higher video quality in device settings at any time.

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