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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: 1399; 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: 121; 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: 240; 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: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Imagine, refrigerator by google?!?!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 16:40 9

5. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; 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: 1399; 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: 2324; 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: 1399; 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: 2324; 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: 3488; 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: 1399; 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: 3488; 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: 861; 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: 931; 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: 121; 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: 229; 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: 3488; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Hall 9000❔.. Lol❕

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:32 2

17. PBXtech (Posts: 969; 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: 639; 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: 654; 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: 3488; 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: 459; 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: 3488; 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: 459; 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: 3488; 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: 459; 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: 3488; 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: 1268; 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: 3488; 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❕

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:32 1

41. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


"I'm not ragging on android"

Read your post #19, then explain how that isn't ragging on android and specifically Google. This story isn't about the people who made your friend's Note 3, but the company that provided the software that later got bogged down with a resource hungry UI.

And if you're gonna try to insult me, use spell check so you don't look like an idiot. Grow up indeed, I'm probably twice your age. And what in my post was childish? I as giving an outline for a business model going forward for those that use skins.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 22:32 3

28. Commentator (Posts: 2324; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


What do you have against Google? You've been complaining about Android this whole time, which may or may not lag (I never got any lag on my Evo 4G LTE, and haven't yet on my N5), but you seem to be forgetting that Google has a track-record of things that work very well: Search, Earth, Maps, Gmail, Drive, AdWords, etc.

How do "lag problems" translate to "Nest might not work?" I'm sure there are better alternatives out there?

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 22:48

30. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


I just gave an example. Just like you said about your friends Note 3. Just because it lags doesn't mean every other phone that exist should lag. My dad has an Xperia SP, and I don't really see much lag at all, only a few stutters, which is running on 4.1. So hopefully it'll be better with future updates! :)

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 00:43

35. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3488; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Who are you❔

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 00:03 1

31. nasznjoka (Posts: 318; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


why don't you just sit down and enjoy your oldschool IE on your brick?

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 00:20

32. xfire99 (Posts: 434; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Same as u, that dont make a relevant sense of all u posts! Complain everything about android and dont have even a clue what Google gonna do with Nest.
Compairing smartphones/tablets that runs full featured android with electronics that MIGHT powered with android.
Really think Google gonna put in a full featured android version inside a small electronic for few purpose only?

Goand find a psychiatric for god sake.
Complains all the time about a mobile device OS and thats is definitely something wrong with u.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 22:40 3

29. joey_sfb (Posts: 2704; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


A lot of emotional response from Apple and windows fans. Please continue to pay your $$$ to Apple and M$ they need your support.

For me, as long as Google still provide cheap and viable solution to my computing needs.

Rock On! Google.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:23

36. MyJobSux (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Google is going to force your home to be social and interact with other homes and there will be plently of holes allowing others to interact with your home and change your settings. It will be great because we should all be forced into being socialble online because its what is 'trendy'. Blah, I dont know that plugging in android devices into home automation is the best thing for me at least. I dont know how I ultimately feel about Googles purchase, time will tell what they really intend to do with it, but i can see them integrating it into their product.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 07:54

38. joey_sfb (Posts: 2704; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Time is life! If your Job Sux! Is time to quit!! Make the most out of your life.

Take risk when necessary. Make Life worth living!

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 04:39

37. CaptainDroid (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


nexus tv, refrigerator, dish washer,... nexus home!!

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 07:56

39. joey_sfb (Posts: 2704; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


A special bundle for $299 perhaps. And they can have my porn collection too!

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 13:05

42. gu3sswhoo (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Well, I have had Nest for almost a year now. I have seen a nice improvement with my cooling/heating bill. As long as it continues I really don't care who owns Nest!

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 22:20

43. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Did Google really buy Nest for $3.2B... or was it more like 3.14? (I guess taxes & fees could have pushed it into the 3.2 range.)

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 22:23

44. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Sheesh Michael... I think maybe you need to add a byline about Nest not referring to a troll's nest...

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