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Google doubles down on Android@Home by purchasing Nest for $3.2B

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Google doubles down on Android@Home by purchasing Nest for $3.2B
Nest had been best known as being a company founded by iPod creator Tony Fadell, and for building beautiful home devices like the Nest thermostat and carbon monoxide/smoke detectors. Now, they may be on the path to being best known for getting the seemingly stalled Android@Home initiative, because Google has purchased Nest for $3.2 billion.

CEO Google released a statement on the purchase, saying: 

Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family. They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now--thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams!

Google has quickly been adding hardware capabilities to its arsenal over the past couple of years, starting with the huge Motorola acquisition, and followed recently with multiple robotics companies (for Andy Rubin), and now Nest. Nest obviously has the aims to be in the home and create smart products, which has been the plan for Android@Home, although Google hasn't been able to make much headroom on that front. Manufacturers haven't been adopting Android all that fast, so maybe Google is planning to kickstart the market itself.

The actual plans for the Nest team moving forward are unclear, but it has been confirmed that Nest will continue iOS support for its devices, and that Nest will continue to operate under its own brand. It is unclear if it will be kept somewhat separate from Google, like Motorola. 

source: Google via Re/code

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posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:28 1

1. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Soon we will be having smart appliances around us running on android, idk how to respond to this. The idea of a connected home is good but as far as it goes this could just be our future with Google, from the cup you take your coffee labelled Google to the news being read by Eric himself, I'm going to spazz

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:46 3

6. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


Google invades the home. They must have mountains of data on everyone by now.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 00:37

33. rf1975 (Posts: 258; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Now Google starts realize steeling not work every time. LOL.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:36 2

2. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Imagine, refrigerator by google?!?!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:40 9

5. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


You could ask Google Now to check if there's still a beer in the fridge, and a friggin robot will bring it up to you

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:37 2

3. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Okay, noone mentioned the continued support for iOS devices here I guess that could have been a rational choice to mention that in the article

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:40

4. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


This is a pretty big symbolic slap in the face to Apple. From the (little) information I knew about Nest, it was pretty much like Apple's adopted child, being founded by Tony Fadell. I can't imagine they'll be offered in Apple stores for too much longer.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:48

7. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I read a report on engadget, that mentions Google being quick to reassure that Nest will continue to operate under it's own brand - not unlike Motorola. So far Google is staying mum

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:00

13. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


In an interview the Verge did with Fadell, he said the acquisition falls somewhere between the Motorola acquisition and the YouTube one, as in they won't be as independent as Moto, but more so than YouTube.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:55 4

8. adrialk (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Google = Skynet

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:07 3

9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


The last thing I want is anything In my house powered by Google, or Android.. No, not for me..

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:15 1

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Looks like it's a little chilly in your
house. Would you like to buy some
sweaters?

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:01

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol❕ No thanks brother.. Nice and warm over here.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 20:05 1

21. JunitoNH (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Oh.....the the lag and stutter. Please wait for your coffee maker to reboot, it looks likes it has encountered a problem.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:13 1

10. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


hopefully they price the nest products like google stuff =cheap not apple stuff =expensive

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:24 1

16. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


And serve ads based on your activities around the house? No thank you.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:33

12. palmguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Google, turn the lights on! I can't do that, Dave.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:21

15. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Hall 9000❔.. Lol❕

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:32 2

17. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Nest is a great device, big fan of what they've done with it. Doesn't bother me Google purchased it as long as it still functions awesomely like it does now.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:00

40. McLTE (Posts: 874; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Read the reviews.. Nest is the iGadget, in that the quality is decent, but there are far better choices.

I thought about getting the Nest, but the Ecobee thermostat is far superior and gets much better reviews.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:59 2

18. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


A smoke alarm or heart monitoring machine that freezes up and lags. No thanks.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 19:46 1

19. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Exactly... I fear for the quality of Nest... Sure it will be packed with features, but will it actually work well❔❔

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 19:54 4

20. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


You must be using the Internet Explorer! Please come to 2014 soon! :)

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 20:33

22. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


How does that even make any relevant sense❔

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 20:38 2

23. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


His post doesn't make any sense! Lags are a thing of past now! So that's why I called him to live in the present not past.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 20:43 1

24. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


My work mate complains about his Note3 lagging, so I asked him if he has the most latest version of Android available.. He said he does.. What version supposedly stopped Androids poor performance❔ I'll ask him if he's at least got that..

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 21:19 1

25. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Yes, KitKat improves performance. And FYI, a lot of people complain that TouchWiz is really slow! We're talking about Google, so bring in the Nexus', I'm sure the Nexus 4 n 5 wouldn't have any lag! And as far the Nest device goes, I don't how it would lag? Does he mean to say it'll take him 5 seconds more to heat his room because of lag? XD

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 21:48 1

26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


So, out of hundreds of Android devices there's only 2 that don't lag, and people say that Androids lag problems are gone, fixed❔... I'm confused.. Anyways, I'll ask him about that.. Thanks

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 22:22 2

27. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4469; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Throw last years Moto phones with them as well. Haven't had any performance issues with my Maxx, which is more than I can say for any OEM skinned android I had. But it's funny, you're ragging on Google's OS, and it's the manufacture's UI that causes performance issues. You can't make anything that runs well and make it run like crap, the problem is you're pointing the finger in the wrong direction.

These OEMS could still differentiate their products. Leave the UI stock, set themselves apart with their hardware/design, or uncouple the apps that are baked into their UI like Google did with many of theirs, but make them phone or manufacturer specific. You get the performance boost of a lighter skin, the ability to separately and more quickly update both the OS itself and the apps, while still offering things that other OEMS may not be.

It's working very well with Moto, their OS updates, along with being able to update their core apps like Touchless Controls, Assist, Active Notifications, and the camera are going out much faster simply because they don't all have to happen at the same time.

Btw, would love to know why my W8 laptop's sound has decided to work only when it wants to. Usually a restart will resolve it, but it shouldn't have to. Before you start throwing blame around, make sure you're not having issues.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 00:40

34. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Your whole comment was a waist of time.. I'm not ragging on Android I'm just asking the dude a few questions based on what my buddy says about his phone.. Just thinking maybe I can help him.. Besides, you're preaching to the wrong person.. I could care less about any of that because I use WP, and I have no such problems.. This information about specific OS is for my friends benefit.. To me it just sounds like the answer I should give my friend is to get a Nexus device because those seem to be the ones with the best experience... Spare me your sob story about whose blaming who.. Grow up❕

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