Google has confirmed that it is shutting down Dropcam and Nest Secure in 2024. In fact, it’s doing it in exactly a year which means that the end date for both products is April 8, 2024.
The move will mean that those who have existing Dropcam cameras won’t be able to access them from the Nest app come April 9, 2024.
However, The Verge notes that Google is going to give a free indoor wired Nest Cam to Dropcam owners who subscribe to Nest Aware. Those who don’t subscribe will still get looked after, they’ll just have to pay half of the cost of the new camera themselves.
But as The Verge also notes, Google has kept these products around for a good while after buying the companies that were previously responsible for them.
The Dropcam (fka Dropcam HD) came out in 2012, and the Dropcam Pro in 2013. Then, Google bought Nest, and Nest bought Dropcam. In 2015, Google spun Nest out when it formed Alphabet, and for a while, Google and Nest were both making smart home products. Then, Google reabsorbed Nest in 2018, and there’s been a whole lot of messy business trying to integrate Nest products into the Google Home app — and killing off the ones that can’t be integrated.
Whether all of this means that Google is getting ready to launch a new Google Home app is unclear, but that’s what people seem to be clinging to. Legacy Works with Nest gear will also be going the way of the dodo, but they’ll get a bit longer — they’ll stop working after September 29, The Verge says.
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