As Works with Nest Program Sunsets, Control4 Promises Continued Support
To be fair, Google is making the right move from a smart home ecosystem perspective in shutting down the Works with Nest program in favor of a forthcoming Works with Google Assistant platform. But that doesn’t make the move any less frustrating for manufacturers that have poured time and effort into the soon-to-be-shuttered program as well as create confusion for consumers who will need to be re-educated or made aware of the coming changes.
Control4, though, is trying to get way out in front of those changes. No more than a few hours, maybe even minutes, after Google announced the changes during their I/O developers conference this week, the home automation platform issued a statement addressing the changes. In short, Control4 Sr. Vice President of Products and Services Charlie Kindel said the company will embrace the new Works with Google Assistant platform and that they’re developing new Nest drivers in cooperation with Google’s certification standards.
The long of it is that Google will effectively shut down Works with Nest on August 31, replacing it with the Google Assistant alternative. That means that all third party devices and automation platforms that currently support the former program (like Control4) will need to be updated. So, all Control4 systems that support devices like the Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect will require new Google-certified drivers in order to continue functioning as they’re intended to.
“Fostering a large ecosystem of support for third-party devices is an important feature of Control4 and something we are deeply committed to,” Kindel said. “In the same way that we were an early adopter of the ‘Works with Nest’ program, Control4 intends to embrace this new program to continue to offer customers choice and flexibility for the smart products in a Control4 Smart Home.”
At present, Control4 said, customers don’t need to do anything. However, the two key dates that the company pointed out are June 25, when new Nest devices will no longer be allowed to be added to Control4 projects under the Works with Nest program, and the August 31 deadline for when the program will shut down.
Additionally, Control4 said that it’s actively working on the new Nest driver under the Works with Google Assistant program, and they have every intention of making it available before the shutdown of the Works with Nest program. That, of course, is dependent on how quickly they receive certification from Google. In the meantime, Control4 said that it is advising users to wait to make any changes to their Works with Nest or Google accounts until after the new driver has been installed on their system. Once the driver is available, users will be able to contact their Control4 dealer for assistance with installation.