Friday , February 16 2018

Google Assistant integration is coming to the entire Netgear Arlo range of security cameras

Just yesterday we were talking about Netgear’s new Arlo Pro 2 cameras, and today they’ve given us an extra special Valentines’ Day gift. Like many other connected services, Netgear is bringing the Google Assistant to Arlo, or rather, it could be the other way around.

There’s not a lot of detail on the announcement page, but what we do know is cool. You’ll be able to use phrases like “OK Google, show me camera_name on tv/chromecast_name”. Of course, this requires that you’ve got a compatible Android TV or Chromecast on your home network, but if you’re caring about this integration, chances are that’s probably you. Better yet, if the Assistant-powered smart displays that we saw at CES come out later this year, they’ll be fantastic for this, e.g. “OK Google, show me the front door camera on the kitchen display”.

Netgear have not provided a timeline for this integration to become available, but there is some good news. It isn’t just coming for the new Arlo Pro 2 line, but the entire Arlo range back to their first Arlo cameras, including Arlo Baby, Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 2 and their specialty cameras as well.

The future is indeed cool.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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