Alphabet rolls its Nest good house unit again into Google


With the help of Nest, they will build up more familiar Home appliances which will work with the Google Assistant and can sync with other Google products as well. "It just makes sense to be developing them together", Osterloh said Tuesday.

"We've leveraged AI capabilities from Google in the past, especially in the computer vision space and facial recognition", Fawaz added to CNET. "Being part of the Google family, we get closer to that". Google is trying grew its own advancements before anybody else does - particularly Amazon. Thankfully Google made the decision to combine the software teams of the two companies back in December 2016, which led to Android Things. The company doubled its hardware portfolio last year - selling more devices in 2017 than the previous two years combined. Fawaz said that Nest has shipped around 11 million products since its founding in 2011.

Google has officially announced this via a blog post by saying that Nest is finally joining Google's hardware team.

Previously, Nest operated under Alphabet's "Other Bets" group of projects. Google then acquired the company in 2014 for $3.2 billion.

After days of speculation, Nest Labs has been folded into Google's hardware division.

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Google may have to adopt a similar approach to gain more traction - although merging Nest with Google may also obscure the losses it would nearly certainly incur from such a strategy.

Amazon and Apple represent primary threats to Google's smart devices.

Google has gained much from this deal, and Osterloh has said it himself, "These new colleagues bring decades of experience achieving a series of "firsts" particularly in the smartphone industry - including bringing to market the first 3G smartphone in 2005, the first touch-centric phone in 2007, and the first all-metal unibody phone in 2013".

The more daunting task is to topple Amazon's Echo speaker line and the increasingly ubiquitous Alexa voice assistant. At the time, Nest founder and Chief Product Officer Matt Rogers wrote in an FAQ that Nest's privacy policy "clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest's products and services".