Recalled 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Returning to Store Shelves Soon

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Nest Protect app-enabled smoke detector will be returning to store shelves soon, the company said today, after being pulled off the market and recalled because of a potential safety issue last month.

    The company, which was acquired by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion, stopped selling the Nest Protect last month after laboratory testing determined that the Nest Wave feature could potentially malfunction. The Nest Wave allows users to silence false alarms by wave at the detector rather than requiring them to manually press a button, which could be inconvenient for those with high ceilings.

    The company has stated that there were no cases of smoke detectors turning off in customer homes, but that it wanted to be extremely cautious with such an important consumer device.

    Nest and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have issued a "recall" to ensure that all affected Protects receive a software update to disable the feature. Purchased devices do not need to be returned to Nest and will continue to function normally, albeit with the Wave feature disabled.

    Nest told The Guardian that the Nest Protect will be going "back on the market in a few weeks."

    Article Link: Recalled 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Returning to Store Shelves Soon
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
  3. AngerDanger, May 21, 2014
    Last edited: May 21, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Ah, finally something reignite the flames of my serial arsonry kick! :)
  4. macrumors 65816


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    Fire! Visit for great deals on roamio! Fire! Exit quickly!
  5. Guest

    Aug 4, 2010
    I called tec support for an issue a couple weeks ago. Was told my issue was most likely due to using the more difficult system to program for, ios, and that everyone there uses android. I got a chuckle out of that one...
  6. macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    Update: A Google spokesman provided a statement regarding the SEC filing:
    “We are in contact with the SEC to clarify the language in this 2013 filing, which does not reflect Google’s product roadmap. Nest, which we acquired after this filing was made, does not have an ads-based model and has never had any such plans.”

    We can, of course, always assume they might change their minds later.
  7. macrumors member

    Jared Strike

    Aug 10, 2013
    And how soon I wonder will they discontinue support for iOS.
  8. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Probably never, we have google maps and pretty much every other google app.
  9. Guest

    Aug 4, 2010
    I hope so... I wish apple would of purchased Nest instead of Beats. It could of been their home automation "hobby".
  10. macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    And now with all new "Advertising broadcasts". First, you listen to a 30 second audio commercial, then it'll tell you how you're going to die. :)
  11. macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
    what happened to just normal smoke detectors with a 9-volt battery
  13. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Even those are being changed over to having sealed batteries that last for a decade.
  14. jlgolson, May 21, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: May 22, 2014

    Contributing Editor


    Jun 2, 2011
    Durango, CO
    Not permanently. They have a fix in the works.
  15. macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2004
    Seriously? Sounds like they must be getting paid to tell you that ;)
  16. macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
    lol, right. iOS is actually the easier OS to program for. That is one reason why iOS apps tend to be released by companies first versus their Android counterparts.

    Also, the Google ad jokes you people think are funny got real old long, long ago.


    Why would they? Are you able to use Gmail on your iPhone? Google Maps? Google Drive? Waze? YouTube? :rolleyes:
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 25, 2011
    You had one job, Smoke Detector...!

    The more you complicate a simple thing, the easier it is to screw it up.
  18. macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2007
    Feel I want a refund on the ones I have, could have just purchased a £15 one instead and done the same job.
  19. macs4nw, May 22, 2014
    Last edited: May 22, 2014

    macrumors 68030


    I wonder what Tony thinks of that….. :D

    I'm still surprised how Nest's acquisition by Google happened so quickly and unexpectedly. You'd think with home automation being such a promising new area for explosive future growth, that Apple might have been seriously interested.

    Did Google outbid Apple, or could it have 'slipped under Apple's radar'? Both of these scenarios seem unlikely.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2012
    I'm calling home automation a FAD! Building regs require smoke detectors are already built in so this and many other home automation products are redundant.

    The problem is that anything automatic is usually not very helpful. Eg automatic car transmissions make driving less enjoyable but more convenient.

    I fail to see anything not related to TV and media that should or could be automated or linked in that would be helpful to have.

    Sure build in wifi to things as the tech gets cheaper, printers, weighing scales etc. but the whole idea of an automated home is a fad. Most people don't even have their radiators set right to give balanced heat around the home let alone allow it to be controlled by you coming home etc. most people will buy this stuff and never connect or use it anyway.
  21. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    The problem with overcomplicating stuff like smoke detectors with ******** like cloud features is that there are bound to be a few software bugs. And that could effect lives. So my smoke detectors remain to be the classic 'dumb' model, the one that simply beeps when smoke is detected.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    Home automation is a nich market not a fad.
    It has been around for a long time.
  23. macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
    The Nest isn't targeted towards those folks, the same way sporty cars aren't geared toward certain members of the car buying public.
  24. macrumors 601


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Their new slogan should be "It's like an Apple TV and Mac Mini had a baby on your ceiling."
  25. macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2011

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