Nest’s smart smoke detector gets a big software update: Alert history, CO levels, & more

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A huge update is coming to the smart smoke detector “Nest Protect.” The Nest Company is releasing a new app for the device that will show people a history of their recent alarms that go back 10 days. Some say this will be helpful in figuring out what causes it to go off in the first place, symptoms like carbon monoxide levels rising in the home.


The app also contains a new feature called “Steam Check,” which will be beneficial to a lot of homeowners who are tired of their smoke alarms going off while they cook. Steam Check will cut the amount of false alarms down in half because it will be better at telling the difference between fire smoke and steam generated from cooking food. Of course, it won’t stop all false alarms but it will at least reduce them.

One feature that Nest is still trying to work on is the wave gesture, which allows the Protect device to turn off by just waving your hands in front of it. This feature was already supposed to get released in the update, but there were some technical issues that caused the company to disable the feature for now. Nest is currently working on fixing this problem because they don’t want their alarms to be like household alarms that you can’t turn off by yourself. On the upside, Nest’s new update gives users the ability to control the levels of the Pathlight, which is a nightlight and status indictor on the alarm.

Nine months ago, it was announced that Google made an acquisition of Nest in the amount of $3.2 billion. Since then, Nest has doubled their amount of employees while still remaining an independent company. They aren’t even sharing any information with Google regarding their technology with Protect. Things are definitely looking up for Nest because an acquisition from Google certainly means that big things are in store for the company. It may even convince consumers to keep their Nest Protect smoke alarms while the bugs get worked out. Besides, it is very easy to receive the software updates because they get download automatically into the smart device through thin air. That way you don’t have to go through the hassle of taking it out of the ceiling and sending it back for manual updating.

If you want to pick up one of these devices, look for them at, which is a popular supplier of security devices and electronics. You are bound to see them for sale again, once Nest has perfected their wave gesture app.

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