Unofficial Nest app for Windows Phone looks to bring control over your thermostats, now free
Nest (www.nest.com) makes the popular ‘connected’ smart-thermostat that allows users to control the weather inside their homes remotely. It’s quickly becoming the poster child for the wired future, where all our appliances ‘talk’ to our phones. Recently, Google acquired the connected technologies company for $3.2 billion. Although much has been made of the deal, what concerns Windows Phone users most is whether or not they will ever see an official app.
In the past, we’ve seen unofficial apps come to Windows Phone, only to have them yanked through a Cease and Desist (C&D) letter from the Nest lawyers. This has made owning and developing these apps a precarious venture, though we’re happy to see another creator take the plunge.
But this situation is a bit different and more importantly, through a special partnership with Windows Phone Central, the app is free for 24-hours.
The app is called wellNEZTed, has been available since October and it’s made by Anthony Pham in his spare time (he’s also active in our forums). It’s a solid app with great reviews, offering many features that Nest owners want, including:
- Set Target Temperature(s)
- Change Mode (Cool, Heat, Heat+Cool, Off)
- Set Fan Mode
- Set Away Mode
- Supports Multiple Thermostats and Locations
- Live Tile Support
Pham is also looking to add more features in future updates, when he has a moment (he has a new member in his family).
So what makes this app less likely to be yanked by Nest from previous attempts? We spoke with Pham and he did his homework on the matter:
Smart move. So while wellNEZTed may have an awkward name and it doesn’t look as familiar as a Nest app might on Windows Phone, that’s all done by design to avoid the Nest lawyers. It has been available for quite a few months, which lends credence to the idea that this will get a pass from a legal standpoint.
wellNEZTed usually runs for a modest 99 cents, but to celebrate a recent update and its surprising longevity, Pham is dropping the price to free for the next 24 hours in conjunction with our announcement. That means if you download it now, you will have a perpetual free license on the app, regardless if you switch devices or even uninstall it.
If you have a Nest thermostat or are thinking about getting one, you may want to grab this app today. Head here to the Store to pick it or scan the QR code below. Windows Phone 8 only.
Need support? Head into our forums where you can interact with the developer right here!
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It supports multiple thermostats.
I did tip you guys on this several times (nudge, nudge) ands been a hot topic in the WP forums and the Nest forums for a year. Might have been a bit speedier about writing this, not waiting till Google got in the picture. Ok, grouching over. There is at least one other Nest App in the Marketplace which takes a very different approach than this one, as well as one that dies nothing in terms of controlling the thermostats and, given its name, should be pulled as it is clearly intentionally misleading. My point being, its past time for a review article on the topic :D
However f your schedule is variable, this kind of thermostat will keep your family much more comfortable while using less energy as it adapts to both internal and external conditions as well as your changing needs in real time. With 2 working Parents and 2 kids our schedule is always changing, but I don't have to worry about the kids roasting in the summer or freezing in the winter if they come home unexpectedly, nor about them mucking up the thermostat settings and wasting energy.
So yes, they do save energy and are much more convenient than simple programmables. How much so depends on how much variation there is in your needs.