At long last, the PWA, or “Progressive Web Application” for Google Home is set to go live! Detailed last week during the Android app’s major visual refresh, Google states now on the Nest Community Blog that you’ll be able to access it with nothing but a web browser!
I actually talked in the past about how the company is long overdue for such a web-based experience, yet at the time, it was nowhere to be found. It looks like it was either in Google’s plans all along, or they really took my piece to heart. Obviously, I’m joking, but Google has been working for a long time on shifting its focus to PWAs and away from just and only Android apps, so this is a welcome addition.
While it may not be available to all users right away, checking back frequently at home.google.com through the Chrome browser will reveal your connected Nest cameras and doorbells and allow you to stream them.
You can only view one camera at a time and swap between them, going fullscreen when you wish. Additionally, you can toggle your home’s cameras on and off, wake up battery cameras when they’re inactive, and view each device’s status.
Here’s a list of compatible devices below. While we don’t yet know what it will look like, I will say that I’m glad to finally be rid of the old Nest Home website as it was quite honestly pretty terrible. Now, if we can only get Nest Protect toggles on this new Google Home Web app, I would be in heaven.
- Nest Cam (battery) and Nest Cam (wired)
- Nest Cam with floodlight (wired)
- Nest Doorbell (battery), Nest Doorbell (wired), and Nest Doorbell (wired, 2nd gen)
- Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor
- Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Nest Cam IQ Outdoor