Nest joins the Google Hardware team to build future products with AI

Cesar Mills
February 8, 2018

Hardware chief Rick Osterloh announced the news today in a blog post, a move that had previously been rumored late previous year following a report from The Wall Street Journal.

In the same post, it was indicated that teams from Google and Nest will closely collaborate to realize the common goal of building on the gains so far achieved by the company's AI thrust with Google Assistant taking a central role in the project's implementation. Apart from this, they will also build the security cameras which will handle most of the tasks automatically with the use of Artificial Intelligence. In fact, many of Nest's products already support Google Assistant. But moving forward, Google's AI and voice assistant technology will be "at the core" of new products developed under the Nest line.

Nest has sold over 11 million smart home devices since the company got its start in 2011, according CEO Marwan Fawaz.

Nest, which has been operating independently from Google for the past two years, will no longer exist as a separate unit under Alphabet's "other bets" group of projects.

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Google's move was made in the wake of projections that AI on tech products and services will be the wave of the future. We've contacted Google and Nest for clarification and will update the article accordingly.

The company said that they hoped integration of their teams would "supercharge Nest's mission" to make homes safer and more affordable. Google then acquired the company in 2014 for $3.2 billion. Google itself has also been busy hardware-wise, but now they have chose to bring back Nest into the Google fold, combining it with the hardware team to be able to bring even more smart products to the home.

Alphabet is folding its "smart home" appliance subsidiary Nest back into Google, as it seeks to ward off growing competition from Amazon.

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