Google to merge with Alphabet smart home subsidiary Nest

Marlene Weaver
February 9, 2018

The reason products such as Android TV and Google Home exist is because Google wants to be there, absorbing your banal chats about your favourite vehicle and that new bone broth your coworker's been drinking.

Google hopes to combine Nest's smart thermostat and camera products and services with its own devices.

When Alphabet blew up its corporate structure back 2015, Nest was regarded as one of the model "Other Bets," but the unit subsequently experienced product struggles and departure of its CEO. However late past year, there were reports that Google could be looking to merge Nest with its hardware team.

Several years ago, Google acquired Nest, a company that specialized in smart and connected home devices like thermostats, smoke detectors, and so on.

Osterloh said in a statement that, "All of Google's investments in machine learning and AI; they can very clearly benefit Nest products".

The search giant also says, "To build on this momentum, we're excited to bring the Nest and Google Hardware teams together".

Google senior vice president of hardware Rick Osterloh said Wednesday that Nest is now part of its hardware division which includes devices like the Pixel phones, Home smart speakers, Chromecast streaming devices. and other devices.

By offering an ecosystem that works closely not only with its various constituent parts, but with the world's biggest mobile operating system, seamlessly, it will send a message to Amazon that the fight is far from over. Fawaz said that Nest has shipped around 11 million products since its founding in 2011. 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.

But what difference will merging Nest into Google actually make to customers?

Apparently, the merger between Nest and Google's Hardware team has been in the works for a few months, giving credibility to the November Wall Street Journal article suggesting the move would soon take place.

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