Nest just launched in Australia, and its Google-connected, Alphabet-backed smart home products want to make your life safer and more comfortable…
This is one of the weirdest launches I’ve seen. Not only is their signature Nest Thermostat NOT coming all of their products are being sold by…. wait for it…. iSelect.
Yes, the same people who compare your private health insurance will now sell you smart-home products via their new “Life Admin Store”.
Nest products have a strong foothold in the US but to use them effectively requires you to purchase a cloud subscription, which in Australia is A$14/month. There are many, many other products out there that do the same as Nest and provide free tiers for the same thing. Netgear’s Arlo for example.