Nest outages prove that the smart home needs a local fallback

Relying solely on remote servers is not wise, especially for security

Google’s Nest service has been down once, twice, thrice, four times, no, scratch that, at least five times in five months, four of which happened in the last few weeks. A similar thing happened toward the end of 2018. After each failure, a fix, an apology, more disgruntled users, and hours lost without any security recording for owners of the brand’s cameras. Seeing the same headline with the same story every day proves that we can’t solely rely on remote servers for the smart home, and local fallbacks need to be the first feature baked in, not an afterthought or a bonus. Read MoreNest outages prove that the smart home needs a local fallback was written by the awesome team at Android Police.