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Nest Is Done As a Standalone Alphabet Company, Merges With Google ( 45

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: There's a shakeup at Nest today. Following previous rumors back in November, Google just announced Nest will no longer be a standalone Alphabet company; instead, it will merge with the Google hardware team. The current Nest CEO, Marwan Fawaz, will report to Google Hardware SVP Rick Osterloh. Google's blog post says the merger will allow it to "combine hardware, software, and services" between the two companies, which are all "built with Google's artificial intelligence and the Assistant at the core." Nest and Google have been growing closer together even without this merger, with Nest getting a spot at the "Made By Google" Pixel 2 launch event to tout Nest and Google Assistant integration. An earlier report from The Wall Street Journal said that Google and Nest already combined their supply chain teams in 2016. While Google has focused on making the "Google" brand well known in the hardware world with the Pixel phones and Google Home, CNET reports that Google won't be dumping the Nest brand.
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Nest Is Done As a Standalone Alphabet Company, Merges With Google

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  • I predict (Score:5, Interesting)

    by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Wednesday February 07, 2018 @08:42PM (#56086851)

    Over the next 3-5 years, every other Alphabet "company" will merge with Google. Then Alphabet itself will rebrand as Google.

  • I just don't get it. It's a thermostat. I feel like the nest is Lil' Sebastian and I'm Ben Wyatt.
    • by AvitarX ( 172628 )

      I purchased one because my free standing radiators take a while to heat up, and then keep hot for a while.

      The nest auto learns how early to turn them on and off to keep my my temperature correct and program functioning year round.

      I think that's a common feature now, but it wasn't five or so years ago.

      The fact that the house can take three hours plus to hear up makes the online feature nice when on business trips of indeterminate length too.

      • by vux984 ( 928602 )

        Every room in the upper level of my home has its own electric radiator that is independently controlled by its own thermostat. Most years I don't even turn them on. We like our rooms a little cooler, and enough heat rises from downstairs. So buying a nest wouldn't help them.

        The lower levels of the house are heated by a gas furnace; and a pretty basic thermostat operates it just fine. When i go on business trips I imagine the rest of my family and pets wish to remain their usual temperature. When we go on va

        • I don't micromanage my thermostat when away, I set it to 55 when I leave, and when I get on the plane to come home set it to 65.

          I will agree, large freestanding radiators are a corner case (un updated east coast urban houses), but they are one where the nest really shines. It makes it possible to use a program at all.

          You say you have a furnace, if that were the case for me I'd be fine with anything, as forced air doesn't over shoot or take as long to heat up.

          It's auto program was useless btw. It was too agg

    • Their Google Home Mini sold huge numbers last November and December. All of a sudden, the Nest is off in a corner in its own company and not together with the other home automation/control/assistant tech.

      The Nest brand is also security cameras, smoke detectors, and a doorbell.

    • It saves you money, and everybody likes money.

    • The next thermostat will essentially be another Google Home device, a yet another touch point to activate Google Assistant.

      Don't worry, I'm sure Google security cameras will be watching you...for analytical reasons. You know, making sure you're in good health while banging your SO.

  • The same thing is it every day Pinky!

  • You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
  • I have a $50 Cadet electric heater in every room... what's the point of putting a $200 thermostat on each one? You don't need to put a user interface on every device -- everybody already has a user interface in their pocket, it's called a "smart phone"!
  • If you really want to save money on energy, give me servos to open my windows when it's hotter inside than outside in the summer, or colder inside than outside in the winter.

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"