Google to merge with Alphabet smart home subsidiary Nest

Nest rejoins Google to help Assistant take on Alexa

Likewise, Google Home had a stellar Holiday 2017 with regards to sales as it attempts to gain ground in the smart AI speaker market. The e-commerce company has managed to grab the lead by offering affordable AI solutions with the Alexa-Echo combo approach, which Google has to match by packaging Nest products, the Google Home smart devices, and its Google Assistant as the more compelling alternatives.

Parent company Alphabet Inc. spun Nest into a separate unit following its acquisition of the maker of smart thermostats and fire alarms. That's largely thanks to CEO Marwan Fawaz, who has overseen new launches such as the Nest Secure and the Nest Hello. After the merger, Nest is no longer a standalone entity; instead, it will be part of Google.

Nest, which Google bought four years ago for $3.2bn (£2.3bn) prior to the major restructuring which saw Alphabet created, will be combined with Google's hardware team.

This fits in line with the appearance of Nest on-stage at the October Made by Google event previous year, talking about using Google's Machine Learning and Assistant in powering Nest products. "It just makes sense to be developing them together", said Osterloh in an interview with CNET regarding the change. "I'm delighted that we've officially closed our deal with HTC, and are welcoming an incredibly talented team to work on even better and more innovative products in the years to come", Osterloh wrote.

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


Fadell resigned as head of Nest in 2016, but the company kept going under Google's new Alphabet corporate structure. "Being part of the Google family, we get closer to that".

If we talk about the other products of Nest, Nest has a number of security cameras for indoor and outdoors which use the Google's services in integration.

A united front could be helpful in competing with the other ubiquitous digital helpers of today - Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri.

Nest has shipped more than 11 million products since first becoming available in 2011, Fawaz said.

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