August adds voice unlocking and doorbell announcements

CNET | 10/29/2018 | Molly Price
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August's Doorbell Cam Pro and August Smart Lock are getting updates to integrate more with smart speakers and the IFTTT platform. Starting Monday, users will be able to use voice unlocking with Google Assistant and hear announcements for the Doorbell Cam Pro.

The August Smart Lock now works with Google Assistant for voice unlocking.

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Voice locking and checking the status of your August Smart Lock are already available, and now August is adding voice unlocking via Google Assistant. Say a command like, "Hey, Google, unlock the front door," and Google Assistant will ask you for the security code you chose during the setup process. Voice unlocking already works with Alexa and August smart locks.

Doorbell announcements with Alexa and Google

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With August's latest update, you can choose to hear an announcement from your voice assistant when someone rings your August Doorbell Cam Pro or when the doorbell detects motion. Here's how it works with each platform:

With Amazon Alexa and the Doorbell Cam Pro, Alexa will announce when someone rings your doorbell by saying, "Someone is at the front door." You can also create your own routines to customize what Alexa says or add an automation like a smart light trigger. The same is true with motion detection. You can create routines when motion is detected.

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To activate these features, use the Alexa app and the August skill to activate announcements and routines. As of now, you can view your August Doorbell Cam Pro's live stream on video-enabled Alexa devices like the Echo Show and Echo Spot. August says in the coming weeks, you'll also be able to speak...
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