Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Nest officially merged into Google's hardware division

Nest officially merged into Google's hardware division

The goal is to supercharge Nest's mission: to create a more thoughtful home, one that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it.

Google has announced this week that it will integrate its 2014 acquisition and smart-home darling Nest with its own in-house Hardware team in a move meant to "supercharge Nest's mission".

Now, though, Google has announced that it will be consolidating its Nest and Google Hardware teams to work on smart home technology.

Osterloh said in a statement that, "All of Google's investments in machine learning and AI; they can very clearly benefit Nest products". That's largely thanks to CEO Marwan Fawaz, who has overseen new launches such as the Nest Secure and the Nest Hello. We have different journeys. In 2017, Nest doubled its hardware portfolio to sell more devices than the previous two years combined.

The move comes with Google ramping up efforts for smart home devices using its Google Assistant, the rival to Alexa for connected speakers and other devices. Fadell resigned as head of Nest in 2016, but the company kept going under Google's new Alphabet corporate structure.

After working together on the Google Pixel 2, Google now owns majority of HTC's mobile design team and the non-exclusive rights to its intellectual property. Fawaz told CNET that Nest has used Google's AI know-how in the past and that "being part of the Google family, we get closer to that".

It turns out the rumors were right because Google has officially announced that they will be folding Nest into its hardware team. While the Google Home assistant and Nest already work together, Google will be looking to build its AI helper directly into Nest's cameras and thermostats. Privacy concerns This is the first time that an independent Alphabet company has been relocated inside Google.

The more daunting task is to topple Amazon's Echo speaker line and the increasingly ubiquitous Alexa voice assistant. It's joining Google, which intends to integrate its technology into Nest products.

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