Just three months after Nest co-founder Tony Fadell left the company and new CEO Marwan Fawaz took over, Alphabet’s troubled smart home division, Nest, is apparently experiencing another shakeup. According to a report from Fortune, Google is “absorbing” Nest’s software engineers in order to form a “unified Internet of things platform.”
Hiroshi Lockheimer, the current head of Android, will lead the group. The Fortune report notes that the combined group will “continue to work” on Google Home, Google’s forthcoming Amazon Echo competitor. A previous report from The Information (paywall) stated that Nest’s request to work on Google Home was denied by Google. A Nest representative denied this statement and said the integration would be similar to the Amazon Echo.
Google and Nest were definitely not on a “unified” platform path before this. Nest created the “Works with Nest” program along with the wireless protocol “Thread.” Google is working on “Brillo,” a stripped down version of Android for IoT devices, and both companies are involved with the “Weave” communication standard. It’s all very complicated and incomplete.
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