Aqara Camera Hub G2H with HomeKit Secure Video arrives in US

The Aqara Camera Hub G2H is a HomeKit Secure Video camera for indoor use that doubles as an Aqara home hub.

Aqara makes a range of HomeKit devices that include home surveillance tools, lighting, and comfort controls. The Aqara Camera Hub G2H functions as a hub for all your Aqara devices as well as a HomeKit Secure Video camera.

HomeKit Secure Video ensures that a security camera captures footage safely and securely and stores it fully encrypted in iCloud. Footage from your home security cameras will be analyzed by your HomeKit Hub using local device intelligence to determine if people, pets, or cars are visible. Recorded video is stored for ten days without penalty to your iCloud storage.

Users with 200GB iCloud storage plans can record and store one camera’s video for up to 10 days. Those with 2TB plans can record up to five cameras. There is no limit to how many cameras are streaming with HSV, just a limit to recording.

The Aqara Camera Hub G2H has local storage available for recording via an SD card, and can also be configured to save recordings within the Aqara app.

Since this is also an Aqara Hub, users will be able to use it to connect all of their other Aqara products to HomeKit for advanced automation features.

The camera is 1080p, which is all that is supported by HSV, and has a 140 degree field of vision. It also supports night vision and has a microphone that can pick up sound clearly up to 5 meters away.

The Aqara Camera Hub G2H with HomeKit Secure Video is available on Amazon for $69.99.

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Arlo Introduces Pro 4 Security Camera With Easier Wi-Fi Setup, But Lacks HomeKit at Launch [Updated]

Accessory maker Arlo today introduced the Pro 4, a new version of its security camera that connects directly to Wi-Fi for easier setup as a standalone security solution, eliminating the need for a separate base station.


Like its Pro 3 predecessor, the Pro 4 features 2K video resolution with HDR, a 160-degree viewing angle, an integrated spotlight and siren, color night vision, two-way audio, and a wire-free, weather-resistant design. A removable, rechargeable battery continues to provide up to six months of battery life per charge.

Unfortunately, the Pro 4 is not compatible with HomeKit at launch, according to the Arlo website. The Pro 3 gained HomeKit support five months after it launched, so it is possible that the Pro 4 will receive HomeKit in a future software update. We’ve reached out to Arlo for comment on their HomeKit plans and we’ll update this story if we hear back.

Arlo also introduced the Ultra 2, a new HomeKit-enabled security camera with improved range and connectivity compared to the original Ultra, expanding placement options beyond traditional cameras that require an outlet.

The Pro 4 is available for pre-order at Arlo.com and Best Buy starting today for $199.99, while Ultra 2 one- and two-camera kits start at $299.99 and are available for pre-order at Arlo.com, Best Buy, and Amazon. Each camera comes with a complimentary three-month Arlo Smart trial, providing extended 30-day rolling cloud storage for video recordings.

Update: Arlo informed MacRumors that it is “working to have Apple HomeKit available on products,” but it has no updates to share regarding the Pro 4 at this time.

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Internet Protocol Camera Market – Actionable Research on COVID-19|Growing Adoption of Smart Homes to Boost the Market Growth

The global internet protocol camera market size is poised to grow by USD 8.47 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 14% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Internet Protocol (IP) Camera Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The growing adoption of smart homes will be a significant factor in driving the growth of the IP camera market. The increasing number of thefts and burglaries in various countries has boosted the demand for security solutions, such as IP cameras, especially in the residential sector. The installation of IP cameras and smart motion sensors in residential properties will allow homeowners to monitor their homes remotely. Also, smart homes use internet-connected devices for remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems through a smart home application on their smartphone or networked device. The rising adoption of smart homes will further increase the demand for IP cameras as video surveillance and security form an integral part of these homes.

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Report Highlights:

  • The major internet protocol camera market growth came from centralized IP camera arrangement segment. Media recordings in centralized IP camera arrangement is either stored on a network video recorder (NVR) or digital video recorder. This arrangement is ideal for applications where recording devices need to be hidden or located

Samsung Galaxy S30 series could skip the in-display selfie camera

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  • Samsung has reportedly decided against offering an in-display selfie camera on the Galaxy S30 series.
  • It’s believed that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be the first Samsung device with this tech instead.

We’ve already seen the first couple of phones with an in-display selfie camera launching this year, with the ZTE Axon 20 leading the charge. The technology allows for a proper full-screen display, as the camera is hidden below the screen.

Now, Korean outlet The Elec reports that Samsung has decided against offering an in-display selfie camera on the Galaxy S30 series (aka the Galaxy S21 family). The publication reports that Samsung has suffered from low production yields of the technology.

Instead, the Galaxy S30 phones will reportedly pack a center-mounted punch-hole cutout once again, as we saw with the Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy Note 20 series, and Galaxy Note 10 family. We won’t have to wait too long after the S30 series to see a Samsung device with the tech though.

The Elec reports that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 — scheduled for release in the second half of 2021 — will be the first Samsung phone to be equipped with the technology.

Samsung and ZTE wouldn’t be the only manufacturers offering in-display selfie cameras in 2021, as Xiaomi has already confirmed its intention to mass-produce phones with the tech next year. However, Samsung might have major bragging rights if it’s able to offer an in-display selfie camera on a foldable phone.

Next: The best foldable phones you can get

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