Nest is now part of Google, again

Nest is now part of Google, again

Lindsey Duncan
February 9, 2018

It will be interesting to see how Nest's smart home products will evolve under Google's more direct control.

But from a business perspective, Google is merging with the only other part of Alphabet that now makes money. Other products such as Nest's Secure alarm system, Nest's Hello doorbell and a smoke and carbon monoxide detector called Nest Protect were also launched in the meantime.

CEO of Nest, Marwan Fawaz described about the matter of Alphabet's unique structure as, "Each bet is different".

Google spokeswoman Lily Lin said "significant role reductions" are not expected at Nest because the businesses are not being combined "to gain efficiencies".

This fits in line with the appearance of Nest on-stage at the October Made by Google event past year, talking about using Google's Machine Learning and Assistant in powering Nest products. "It just makes sense to be developing them together", Osterloh told CNET in an interview.

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Google's head of hardware Rick Osterloh announced this afternoon that Nest will "join forces" with Google's hardware team. The closer collaboration between the teams is meant to create new integration opportunities that result in smarter home devices.

If we talk about the other products of Nest, Nest has a number of security cameras for indoor and outdoors which use the Google's services in integration. "Being part of the Google family, we get closer to that".

Nest co-founder Matt Rogers announced on Twitter today that he'll be leaving the smart home company. Fawaz informed that Nest had shipped 11 million products since its first thermostat went on sale in 2011.

Nest had previously highlighted (and still does, as of this morning) its independent relationship from Google in its privacy FAQ, noting that the company had a "separate management team, brand and culture". Both Google and Amazon continue to add new speakers to its lineup, while new competition has arrived, albeit delayed, from Apple Inc. with its premium HomePod, which goes on sale Friday.