Google’s Nest products removed from Apple’s online and retail stores, may return in “the coming weeks”

Google’s Nest products removed from Apple’s online and retail stores, may return in “the coming weeks”
Now that Apple has been gearing up its connected home platform, Apple HomeKit, Cupertino has offered up some exclusive retail space for the recently released ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat, taking down all of Nest Labs’ products from online and retail locations.

Apple did the same thing with Bose products late last year, shortly after the company acquired Beats Electronics. The move took a little competitive pressure off the Beats line of accessories for a bit while Bose and Apple settled patent disputes.

Bose devices eventually made their return to Apple’s online and retail shelves, but it is not certain if all of Nest’s offerings will return. Nest noted in its statement that Apple was a valued retail partner and that its “new products will be available through Apple and other retail channels in the coming weeks.”

Nest’s “new” devices are the redesigned Nest Protect, and Nest Cam. The Nest Learning Thermostat is arguably not part of that new generation of devices. There are other connected home accessories, like the Withings Home HD Video Camera, still available in Apple’s stores. Conveniently, they connect only with Apple devices. That could be seen as a potential obstacle to Google-owned Nest Labs, whose products connect with iOS and Android devices.

Moves like this are not new to Apple, but only a few manufacturers have developed anything for Apple HomeKit, and that may have Cupertino taking a hard look at how much visibility it wants to give competing platforms in its retail space.

via: VentureBeat

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37 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

aka never

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apple is at it again with their anticompetitive practices...

3. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Because Apple users don't deserve choice shopping. This is why I love Android. I can have a more flexible Android and Apple relationship to choose from while Apple singles out what it feels its users want or need. It all boils down what is best for Apple's bottom line, not its consumers. John B.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with you, Jon. Apple does not care about the consumer, they only care about making a profit. And if making a profit means that they're anticompetitive, then so be it, as far as they're concerned.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I've gone into the Apple Store many times and got nothing but excellent service. But I'm sorry they don't care about the consumer.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stop seeking my attention.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No one is seeking your attention. Get over it.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're always seeking my attention. That's pretty evident, even in this article.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Perhaps you just need to pay attention and maybe you'll learn something.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Perhaps you just need to seek attention elsewhere. Then maybe you'll learn I'm not interested in schooling you

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Oh wow you're right, because as an apple user I have no clue that stores like best buy and Home Depot exists where I can buy more accessories than for android. Unlike Apple, the store that Google operates sells so much more stuff ... Oh wait - Google doesn't even have one store or any items in it. Apple Store is the most thought after retailer - as its the most profitable per square foot than any other store - why the hell should Apple carry what is now a Google product (since they bought nest). You guys are hating blindly without any logic. It's not like I can't go to Home Depot and buy Nest - think about it. You guys are rediculing that my car needs a car wash when you don't even own a car yourself.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

First: you're right. I don't own s car. I own a truck. But even if I didn't, if your car needs to be washed, is needs to be washed. That would be pretty evident by the dirt build-up. Second: please show me where what I said or what Jon said was incorrect and that this is not anticompetitive behavior. If this were Google that had done this to Apple, you'd be screaming anticompetitive. I've said this to you before: sometimes you can't see the forest for the Apples dangling in front of you. You know I respect you, Alik. But you gotta open your eyes to Apple's BS sometimes.

9. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Not ridiculing you at all. You purchase what you want. I'm calling out Apple for removing a choice for you (a customer of Apple), while trying to schlep another product that they feel you should want. You shouldn't feel offended by meanestgenious or myself. You should feel offended that Apple looks at you as a profit pawn that shouldn't have more choice within the ecosystem. You deserve more. That's not ridiculing you. John B.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple doesn't have a gun to my head forcing me to buy their products.

12. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Didn't suggest it was. Thank God for gun control. John B.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't try and change the subject into a political argument.

35. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

It is important that you learn to distinguish the difference between political and psychological involvement in a debate. You brought the firearm metaphor into a debate that wasn't even directed towards you. You simply took offense with a comment directed at a company. My comment was to defuse your elevated sensitivity towards said company in hopes that you know that pointing a gun at you is something Apple can't do. Call it an anecdote to a speedy recovery. John B.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Ha ha ha, suddenly I have this mental image of you walking into an Apple store with a gun to your own head just like that scene from Blazing Saddles.

14. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I rofled so hard on this. +1

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Scott do us all a favor and shut the f up.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

"Do us all a favor"? Everyone else is entertained by my comments, stop getting your panties in a bunch. I wasn't even really talking trash either, I simply had a scene from an old movie stuck in my head that was funny in the context of someone forcing themselves to buy Apple products. But I'll tell you what I will do for you, I will mark my calendar to make sure I'm nicer to you this time of month because you appear to be more sensitive than your typical butt-hurt self.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Ok I will be the better man and apologize since I misunderstood your comment. I have never seen the movie.

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I should warn you, it's a really stupid movie.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

mxy, it was funny... I dont think it was gear directly toward you... just the literal sense of what you said would be ridiculously funny

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I misunderstood his comment.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

lol.. scott..

18. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple didnt remove the ability to use Nest products from iOS, it just chooses to sell what it wants to in their store... (online or real store)... There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. I and every other person in the world shops around - they dont ONLY go to Apple store for accessories and gadgets. Even my iPhone, I have never purchased one from Apple Store, first one was from ATT, and the second from BestBuy. Your comments would be more in-line if Apple actually removed NEST from connecting with iOS/Apple products all together. But I can still buy Nest at HomeDepot, BestBuy, etc. and connect with my iPhone/iPad. Nest has become a competitor's product and I doubt anyone would want to sell for competition - I'm surprised Apple still carried Nest up to this point. Do you consider Walmart anticompetative for not carrying the same brands as Target? My point about "owning a dirty car" was that Google doesn't even have a store that would sell any accessories for an iPhone, yet you guys are ready to trash apple for clearing shelf space for products that are designed for Apple's new HomeKit compatibility. It just makes more sense to do this. What am I missing here? If Google even had a store, I bet not many Apple own products would be sold there, and if by any chance they were I bet Google would pick and choose and trade up certain products, would I call Google anticompetative? NO. It's their business - if they dont sell a product I like - I will shop somewhere else. BMW dealership does not sell Toyota Accessories and parts - they dont have to. I dont understand the confusion here. P.S. looks like we dont see eye to eye on this, but I appreciate dignifying responses from both of you..

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

If Apple didn't already carry to begin with, and chose to continue not carrying it, there would be nothing wrong with that. But, since Apple is now carrying it's own product which also happens to compete with Google's, it's removing it. Yeah, I'd call that what it is: anticompetitive. Why not continue to offer both? It's not like Apple wasn't getting a cut from what Nest products sold in its stores now, was it? I understand your "dirty car" analogy completely. I thought you would have recognized my sense of humor in the response. Guess not, lol. My point still stands, however: If Apple didn't offer the product to begin with and chose to continue not offering it, then so be it. But to offer it only to pull it once you come out with your own competitive product is anticompetitive. This is not the only instance where Apple has exhibited such behavior. One needs only look at their problems with Spotify to see this. Apple is now even under investigation because of such anticompetitive behavior. There is no confusion here. And I agree, we don't, and probably never will, see eye to eye on this. However, I do appreciate that we can discuss it in a civil manner as opposed to hurling insults like some other individuals that comment on iOS articles.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I must be the one person who doesn't see an issue with them pulling Nest. There's plenty of other ways to buy the item, I've seen it in Target most recently and there're far more Targets than Apple Stores. Now if Apple removed compatibility for Nest with an OS update then yeah, there would be a massive anti competitive issue, but they should have 100% say in what that have in their in store inventory, as should any retailer. The way I see it, the more Apple branches out and releases new types of products, they're going to restrict what options users of their ecosystem will have, and they're going to turn everyone off to their brand.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Plenty of ways to buy them isn't the point I'm making. Pulling something from your stores that you carried with no problem until you came out with your own competing product is the problem. Apple isn't carrying Nest for free. They got a cut of every Nest sold when they carried it. Apple removing compatibility will probably be the next step.

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