Forget net neutrality — do we need search neutrality as well? Pando reports that home automation company Vivint found itself mysteriously removed from Google search results this past winter just two weeks after the search giant officially announced its acquisition of rival home automation company Nest. Although Vivint is now appearing again in related searches, the company says it never got a clear explanation for why it was removed or why it took Google four months to restore its status. More →
Google and Nest are reportedly interested in providing some sort of home surveillance equipment and support in the future, The Information has learned, as the Search giant may make another purchase to help with such plans. Google is apparently looking into buying camera startup Dropcam, although it’s not clear whether the two parties will go ahead with these moves. More →
A Google SEC filing revealed that the company plans to deliver ads to more devices, including thermostats, refrigerators and other appliances, suggesting that Google’s Nest could soon show commercial to product buyers, even though the company pledged not to display ads on its products in the future, following the Google purchase. After ad-related details about Google’s SEC document were published, Nest’s co-founder said that the Nest thermostat will not get ads, just as previously stated, Re/code reports. More →
Nest Labs has recalled 440,000 smoke alarms in order to fix a bug that could prevent their alarms from sounding immediately after detecting smoke. Mercury News reports that the Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarms are equipped with a feature that “allows users to temporarily silence some alerts by waving their arm near the unit.” There have been no reported incidents, but Google’s recent acquisition is currently sending out electronic updates to disable the feature in case of emergency. More →
The marriage between Google and Nest just got even more official. As Android Police points out, Google has started selling Nest thermostats on its Google Play store starting at $249. And given that it’s Earth Day and that Nest is an eco-friendly, energy-saving thermostat, Google says that it will plant a tree for every Nest unit sold on Tuesday. Nest, which was founded by former Apple exec Tony Fadell, was acquired by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion. Earlier reports have indicated that Google isn’t interested in Nest just for its smart thermostats but also for its team’s design prowess that won it accolades from several Apple fans over the years.
A custom Nest thermostat version has finally launched in the U.K., The Verge reports, as the Google-owned company has modified the U.S. model to suit the requirements of the local market. Nest has added a new Heat Link component that connects the thermostat to a boiler via a wired or wireless connection. Apparently this particular component delayed the official launch of Nest in the region, although the thermostat has been unofficially available in as many as 120 countries on top of the U.S. and Canada, the only countries where it was released so far. More →
Nest shocked and disappointed many an Apple fan earlier this year when it agreed to get bought out by hated rival Google for $3.2 billion. Now Nest CEO Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive who was instrumental in designing the iPod last decade, has taken a mild swipe at his former employer in a new interview where he insists that Google is the company that will lead the way in innovation for the next decade. More →
Google had plenty of good reasons to scoop up Nest last month, but the latest report from Juniper Research could be one of the best yet. According to the report, revenues generated from smart home devices are expected to reach $71 billion by 2018, up from $33 billion in 2013. Although much of that revenue will come from entertainment services, the entire connected market will continue to expand exponentially in the coming years, from Nest’s thermostats and smoke detectors to smart refrigerators and washing machines. More →
Call it evil all you want, but Google accomplishes great things every day that no other company on the planet can even dream of attempting. And in 2014, Google is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. The Mountain View, California-based company is different from others in that it openly discusses many of the projects its research and development teams are working on, and sometimes it even includes the general public along the way, as is the case with Google Glass. There’s also plenty happening behind closed doors, of course, though leaks often give us a good idea of some unannounced Google projects.
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When Google first announced that it was buying Nest, most of the chatter revolved around how Google’s software would affect Nest’s smart thermostats. However, one overlooked aspect of the deal is how Nest will impact Google, particularly when it comes to hardware design. Unnamed sources tell TechCrunch that Google wants Nest CEO Tony Fadell and his team to take over as Google’s lead hardware designers, a move that could give Google’s products a stronger element of style. More →
The minute Google bought Nest, it was inevitable that some of the company’s fans would recoil, particularly those who are also fans of Apple. The Seattle Times has interviewed two former Nest fans who are disturbed by the Google acquisition, however their concerns seem much more about privacy than blatant fanboy-ism. More →
It’s no wonder some people are freaking out over Google’s $3.2 billion Nest Labs acquisition: it’s another step towards a future when Google has enough access to lives of high-income consumers to gain psychological insights that no company has ever possessed. Nest’s Learning Thermostat can track movements and activity of people in their homes, an ability no doubt improving by leaps and bounds. If you combine this with analysis of email and search patterns, as well as smartphone GPS mapping of movement outside the home, you get to an exceptionally sweet spot for building an intimate profile of not only current consumption patterns, but of likely future choices as well. More →