Looking for a Nest app on Windows Phone? Then you should check out Nestle for Windows Phone. It's a relatively new app in the Windows Phone Store and comes to us from the developer behind weather app Blue Skies. Nestle for Windows Phone allows you to control your Nest thermostat or Nest carbon monoxide/smoke detector.
Google bought Nest earlier this year, so we're not exactly expecting any official Nest apps on Windows Phone anytime soon. That said, there are official NEST APIs that developers can use to build apps. That's what we have here, an app for Windows Phone using official Nest APIs that helps to enable cool features like using Cortana to change the temperature in your house.
Here's the full list of features currently available in Nestle:
- View your Nest Thermostat or Nest Protect
- Change the temperature with a quick left or right swipe
- Change HVAC mode on your thermostat
- Set away mode on/off
- Cortana integration for changing temperature (currently only for first thermostat) and setting away status
- Individually pin transparent live tiles for each of your devices
- Toast notifications for Nest Protect warnings and emergencies (Nest API doesn't support push notifications so it's not instant)
Some other limitations of the Nest API: the app doesn't have the ability to see energy usage, the schedule or add devices straight from the app. Hopefully the Nest API adds those features in the future and we'll see them added to apps like Nestle.
Those omissions aren't too bad though, because we gain some unique features for Windows Phone that you won't find on Android or iOS. Namely Cortana integration so you can change the temperature or set your away status and the ability to pin Live Tiles to your Start screen. Each Nest device in your house can be pinned to your Start screen with Nestle.
We don't have a Nest device around to test out the app, but we figured it would be worth highlighting for those of you with Nest devices in your house. There are a handful of third-party Nest apps in the Windows Phone Store, though do try out Nestle and see how it works for you.
Nestle will be ad-free for anyone who downloads the app within the week. So it wouldn't hurt to download in case you want to eventually buy a Nest product.
Get the app and let us know what you think!
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