The Nest Protect which was announced in October last year happened to run into some issues, having its sales halted temporarily due to safety concerns in April 2014. Following that, in May this year, the Nest Protect smart smoke detector was recalled, affecting approximately 440,000 units in the process. Well, after that short hiatus due to safety concerns, we are glad to say that the Nest Protect, a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector, is now made available again to the masses via the Google Play Store. This time around, it will retail for just $99, which is cheaper than its launch price of $119.
The Nest Protect is now available following its two-month hiatus after it was pulled for safety concerns. The smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector is now only $99, down from its $129 launch price. The Nest Protect is available from the Google Play store starting tonight. However, one of its key features is still disabled. Nest originally pulled the Protect from shelves on April 3rd following the discovery that Nest Wave, the feature that allowed owners to wave their hand under the sensor to silence the alarm, did not function properly. Nest issued an over-the-air update disabling the feature in existing units and allowed customers to return their Protect for a full refund. The Nest Protect will also ship with this function disabled although a company spokesperson told me that the company is “still looking into a solution.” Even without Nest Wave, the Protect still offers a unique feature set that’s unmatched in the space. The Protect sits in-between dumb smoke detectors and connected detectors monitored by a third-party service.