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Nest officially merged into Google's hardware division

Smart home company Nest is being folded back into Google Alphabet rolls its Nest smart-home unit back into Google
| 08 February, 2018, 01:07

After a couple months of rumors, Google made it official today - Nest, the smart home device company that was previously run as a separate subsidiary to Google's parent company Alphabet, will now be merged into Google's internal hardware division. It will be interesting to see how Nest's smart home products will evolve under Google's more direct control. Here you'll find the latest product reviews, news, and how-tos to help you connect your surroundings to the internet in the smartest way possible. The merger of the two firms will likely pave the way for a wider array of smart home products from Alphabet.

Fawaz told CNet that Nest has shipped more than 11 million products since 2011, when its first thermostat went on sale. Google and Nest, a company it acquired in 2014, already share supply chain operations, launch events, and packaging.


Rick Osterloh, who leads Google's hardware efforts, and Nest Chief Executive Marwan Fawaz, said in the blog post that they hoped integration of their teams would "supercharge Nest's mission" to make homes safer, friendlier to the environment and more affordable.

The companies had already begun to collaborate on hardware development, with Google a year ago testing acoustics and its speakers at a Nest facility. Future Nest devices should be "built with Google's artificial intelligence and the Assistant at the core". But Google now wants to ensure its voice assistant works with both new and existing, non-Google-Assistant-compatible products. Presumably there will still be "Nest" products, but they're going to come from the same unified team that designs Google's hardware.

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