Google Will Downgrade Nest and Chromecast Video Quality to Ease Internet Load

A Nest Hub Max with a pixelated image on the screen.Josh Hendrickson

Now that we are all working and playing at home, the Internet is starting to wrap up. Services fail left and right, and that’s because everyone is using the Internet at the same time. To lighten the load, Google has announced that it will downgrade the quality of Nest feeds and Chromecast ambient mode. You can restore Nest quality, but choosing less can help everyone.

Google announced the change in an email to users, and followed up with a statement to TechCrunch explaining:

To respond to the global call to prioritize Internet bandwidth for learning and working, we will be making some changes in the coming days. We believe these changes have the potential to make it easier for communities to keep up with school, work and everything.

Google has also updated its Chromecast support pages to inform users of company plans. In this post, he said that most users probably wouldn’t notice any difference in quality because the ambient mode uses static images. But it follows a similar move that Google made when it YouTube default for 720p streams.

Whereas Nest was broken down for hours earlier this month, the change makes sense. Even large companies are struggling to keep up with the increased demands on the Internet while we all stay at home.

The change will be automatic and you will probably suddenly notice that the quality of your Nest feeds has decreased. You can access your Nest settings and reactivate higher quality, but it’s unclear if you can do the same with Chromecast.

via TechCrunch and 9to5Google

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