As many of you may have heard, Google is updating their 'Works with Nest' program and migrating users Nest accounts to Google accounts. We wanted to reach out and clarify how this change impacts your SimpleCommands experience and what your options are moving forward.
If you have yet to transfer your Nest account to a Google account you won't experience any change in controlling your Nest devices from SimpleCommands. You can still press through your Connections or Items list and select what devices you want to control and what commands you want to run. Keep in mind that after August 31st when Google deprecates the 'Works with Nest' program you will no longer be able to add new Nest devices to your SimpleCommands account or re-add the SimpleCommands Connection if you delete it.
If you already migrated your account you can still control your Nest devices through SimpleCommands! Since your devices are now only in the Google environment you will have to either control them via SimpleCommands Routines through a Google Home device or the Nest Alexa skill. Your Nest devices will no longer be recognized individually by SimpleCommands so your commands will need to be relayed directly to your Alexa/Google Home devices via SimpleCommands Voice Clips as a routine action. Routines that have Voice Clip actions can then talk to your Alexa/Google Home devices via the SimpleCommands cloud platform. The required devices for this are inexpensive and reliable. You just need any Google Home device or Echo device to be within earshot of a VoiceClip enabled smart speaker.
Don't have a smart speaker? Sonos now offers a very affordable product in the Ikea Symfonisk bookshelf speaker. In addition any Sonos One, Sonos 5, or Sonos Beam will work. You can just put the speaker in a closet or some other out of the way place with an inexpensive Echo Input or Dot or any Google Home device. The pair will be there to execute any of your automated SimpleCommands Routine Voice Clip actions. This means that if you want to set your Nest thermostat's temperature in conjunction with a Ring alarm trigger or use a Webhook with IFTTT or Zapier to control your Nest device, you can! Even if you have converted to a Google account or no longer have access to the ‘Works with Nest’ program SimpleCommands and Nest will still work together!