Most notably, that includes “OK, Google”-powered voice controls. You’ll need to authorize Google to access your Nest, but once you do, you’ll be able to tell it to change the temperature from your smartphone, tablet or computer. You’ll also be shown Google Now cards telling you whenever the thermostat is making an adjustment, which seems like a smart, unobtrusive way of keeping tabs on the temperature.
Nest isn’t the first thermostat to integrate voice controls — Honeywell released a model you could adjust with voice commands back in 2013. The commands were a bit basic for our tastes when we tested the Honeywell out, though — you could only adjust it up or down, and not to a specific temperature, for instance. Additionally, with the microphone packed into the thermostat itself, you needed to be in the same room as the thing.