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Google to cut Nest camera quality to lessen broadband strain

After the change takes place, users will see video quality settings revert to Default. However, users can change the setting back to a higher quality at any time if they wish.

By: INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE
| Updated on: Apr 16 2020, 22:50 IST
After the change takes place, users will see video quality settings revert to Default. However, users can change the setting back to a higher quality at any time if they wish.
After the change takes place, users will see video quality settings revert to Default. However, users can change the setting back to a higher quality at any time if they wish. (Google)

Search engine giant Google is planning to adjust the quality of video captured by Nest security camera to ease the strain put on broadband networks.

After the change takes place, users will see video quality settings revert to Default. However, users can change the setting back to a higher quality at any time if they wish.

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"To answer the global call to prioritize internet bandwidth for learning and working, in the next few days we're going to be making a few changes," The Verge quoted a Google spokesperson as saying. "We believe these changes have the potential to help make it easier for communities to keep up with school, work, and everything in between," the spokesperson added.

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Meanwhile, few Nest users on Twitter also reported that they have received an email from Google announcing the changes.

Many streaming companies like Disney+, YouTube, Netflix, and Apple TV+ have already taken similar precautions to help keep broadband networks working smoothly.

Last month, Google's YouTube restricted video quality in India to 480p or SD (Standard Definition) for its mobile app. This means that the highest streaming quality for any video on YouTube will be 480p by default. This change came shortly after Google and other companies like Netflix and Hotstar decided to limit video streaming quality to 480p during the 21-day lockdown period in India.

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First Published Date: 16 Apr, 22:50 IST
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