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You’ll soon be able to control your Nest thermostat with Google Now

Remember how Nest promised that you’d one day use Google Now to control your thermostat? That day is very nearly here. Droid-Life has discovered that the search tool is responding to temperature requests, and will show you a Google Now card when the thermostat is cooling or heating your home. However, you can’t actually use this feature yet, you need to authorize your Google account to make this work, and the necessary website isn’t completely ready. Even so, it’s clear that you’ll soon be commanding your climate using little more than your voice.

Shortly after Google acquired smartphone company, Nest, the thermostat and smoke alarm maker announced a “Works with Nest” program that would enable all sorts of smart products to interact with those made by Nest. Of course, the most obvious partner in this program is Google. In the announcement, Nest noted that this “Fall” we would be able to say to our phones, “OK, Google, set the temperature to 72 degrees,” or something along those lines and watch as our Nest changed temperatures. While we have yet to see this integration fully appear, it does look as though we are about one step away from it becoming a reality. A reader of ours (and confirmed by us) noticed that if you tell Google to set the temperature on your Nest (“set Nest to 68 degrees”), it tries to complete the task. It fails initially, but that’s because it needs you to authorize your Google account to work with Nest, so there is an option to opt-in accompanying the failure notice (the “Works with Nest” button).

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