The sleep sensor will remain a free feature for now.
Google’s second-generation Nest Hub that came out in 2021 isn’t much different from the original, aside from improved audio and sleep tracking features. Google calls it Sleep Sensing, which was supposed to become a paid feature at the end of 2022.
However, it looks like your Nest Hub can continue to watch you sleep for free for at least the next year, as Google extended the feature’s “preview” through 2023.
In case you didn’t know, the second-generation Nest Hub can track your movement and breathing rate while you sleep to gauge your restlessness. You can also track how long it takes you to fall asleep, track patterns, sleep stages, and more. This is thanks to a large number of sensors on the screen.
Google initially planned to roll out the technology into a paid feature last year. Later, we learned that the plan revolved around adding Sleep Sensing to Fitbit Premium in 2023, but we’re not sure how it plans to do that. Many assume it will take advantage of the Pixel Watch, Fitbit (a Google company) devices, and the Nest Hub.
After pushing it back to 2023, it looks like Google will push it back to 2024 again. The folks at 9to5Google recently spotted updated support pages confirming the change. Google’s Nest Hub product page now says the feature preview is “free until 2023.”
So if you love the sleep tracking benefits of your Nest Hub, enjoy it free for another year, though we wouldn’t be surprised if this is delayed again.
via Android Police