Monday, March 18, 2019

August View Doorbell Camera, but no HomeKit

After the recent leak last month, August has unveiled the new August View, a new wire-free doorbell camera that can deliver video to your smartphone.

The August view is a wireless door that does not require any existing wiring to function. It has a 1440p lens that’s designed to minimize fisheye distortion with a night vision capability.

However the biggest shock is that the August View does not support HomeKit at the time of release, despite its smart lock products supporting the smarthome system.

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August View design

The August View is a small rectangular box with a camera at the top and a big button at the bottom to ring the bell. It’s fairly obvious that the device is a doorbell, which is a big change from the first two generations of August doorbells.August view chime

You also have the choice of eight different faceplates. They include four metal faceplates (satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, satin brass and midnight grey) as well as four coloured faceplates that include black, red, blue and white options. These options will allow users to customise the style to match the home.

August View features

August has included a 1440p lens which they say will limit fisheye distortion when viewing along with an IR sensor for use at night.

You can also talk to people via the August View, which means a user can see and talk to visitors as well as let them in, all from their phones. If you are using an August smart lock you can also unlock via the app once you have confirmed who is at the door.August view white

The new model is powered by a rechargeable battery, which is August say will last between three to six months on a charge, depending on your usage.  Users will get numerous alerts before the battery dies.

Whilst the August View does not need wired power, the doorbell comes with a separate chime that does require a power source, but this can be plugged in via a power socket.

The biggest downside I can see with the August view is when it comes to remote streaming and storage.

You can stream a live feed from the August View at any time, but if you want to view the clips it records whenever there’s motion, you’ll only be able to see five short seconds of them and this is limited to only for 24 hours. In order to get anything more than that then you need to pay August on a monthly basis to get more.August view real time chat

For its other doorbell cameras, August lets you view the entire video for 24 hours without paying. A premium plan costs $4.99 per month.

August View HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home

August has confirmed that the Doorbell will work with Google Home and Alexa, but will not support HomeKit at launch. I have reached out to August to confirm the HomeKit situation and will update the post once I hear back.

Pricing and Availability:
The August View will be available for purchase on August.com and select national retailers beginning on March 28, 2019, for $229.99. No word on the UK pricing or outside of the US at present.

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Jon Ratcliffe
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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