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Google’s Nest thermostat gets a redesign and a bunch of new features

Roughly five years have passed since the third-generation Nest thermostat was introduced, and a lot has happened since then—like an acquisition of Nest by Google. Today marks the first big overhaul to the Nest thermostat since that acquisition, and as you might expect, Google Home integration is a big part of the update.

As with most other smart thermostats, the main pitch behind this device is that it could both save you money on utilities and make your home more eco-friendly. That’s possible because it lets you do things like set different temperatures for different situations, like when you are at home, when you’re out, or when you’re sleeping.

For example, the Nest thermostat could save energy by automatically lowering the temperature in your home while you’re away, then returning it to a comfortable level once you get back.

This time around, that capability is powered in part by both the Google Home app’s Quick Schedule feature and by Google’s radar-like Project Soli (previously seen in the Pixel 4) which can detect whether a person is physically present.

Using Soli, the thermostat can tell whether you’re present and act accordingly. It can also use Soli to detect when you’re close by and turn on the display to show you info like the current temperature, then save energy by turning the display off when you are not detected.

Google’s promotional video for the Nest thermostat.

The thermostat will also offer up recommendations on settings that might make managing your home more efficient, and it monitors for issues with your HVAC system and notifies you with an alert if it detects a problem that might call for service from a technician.

The new Nest thermostat comes in four color options (snow, charcoal, sand, and fog, Google calls them). It has a new design that is lower-profile than that of its predecessor, and it uses a new touch-sensitive-edge interface instead of the rotation-based interface in the third-generation device.

Preorders start today, and thermostats will be “available in the coming weeks,” according to Google’s blog post. The device costs $ 129.99 in the United States and $ 179.99 in Canada.

Listing image by Google

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