Google is adding audio monitoring to its Nest Aware video security monitoring service next year to let you know if something is amiss at home. So you’ll be able to use one of the new Nest Mini smart speakers to listen for an alarm from any smoke alarm you own, not only Nest’s, and send you an alert when it does.
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