The folks behind the Nest Learning Thermostat have come forward with several new announcements today. These begin with the 2nd Generation Learning Thermostat and software version 3.0. And nicely done, the 3.0 software will come along with the new devices and also be made available to existing thermostats by way of a software update. Simply put, every Nest user is getting something. Before we get into the v3.0 software features, lets cover the 2nd generation Nest. This brings a “refined” design and that means it is now 20 percent slimmer and also encased in a stainless steel ring. Additionally, the sensor grill on the bottom of the original Nest has been switched out and 2nd generation users will have a smooth lens. Thankfully though, exterior and cosmetic changes are not the only differences from the 1st to 2nd generation. New Nest users can also expect some upgraded press connectors as well as additional system support. The new models are said to include support for “95% of low voltage heating and cooling systems, including 2nd stage cooling, 3rd stage heating, dual fuel, emergency heat, and whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers.” Moving over to the software update and you can expect new goodies to include;
- Enhanced Auto-Away: Now Auto-Away is even better at understanding if you’re home or not. When it’s sure you’re gone, Auto-Away can now turn on as quickly as a half hour after you leave the house. And if Nest doesn’t detect any activity for a while but knows you’re usually home at this time, it’ll wait longer before activating Auto-Away.
- Additional languages: The Nest thermostat, Web app and Mobile app now speak Spanish and French – just go to Settings and choose Language. And, as always, you can switch Nest to Celsius in Settings as well.
- Auto-Schedule in Heat and Cool mode: Homes with both heating and cooling can automatically switch between the two in a mode we call Heat • Cool (previously known as Range). Now Nest can use Auto-Schedule to learn what temperatures you like when you’re in Heat • Cool, just as it would if you were only heating or only cooling your home.
- System Match: Most thermostats are designed exclusively for conventional forced air systems (systems that blow air out of vents). The trouble is not everyone has a conventional system. With System Match, Nest uses different algorithms and activates custom features depending on your system. And it won’t just give you controls that are better tailored for your home; System Match will make your entire heating and cooling system work better.
Finally, the Android app has been updated and now includes support for tablets including the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire.
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