Google to oversee team from struggling smart-home firm Nest

Developers at troubled smart-home firm Nest have a new nest – in Google. The platform team at the company belonging to Google’s parent Alphabet has been brought into Google, in a move that will reportedly make its finances look better.

“Nest and Google are likely to pitch this as an obvious synergy, but it also plays into ongoing efforts to pare costs at smaller Alphabet units other than Google,” Fortune reported Aug. 30. “By moving Nest software developers over to Google payroll, Nest’s financial situation would improve dramatically.”

Of course, that improvement would come only if Nest continued to develop money-making products, the article said.

Nest has struggled since Google bought it in 2014. A few months after the purchase, Nest had to recall its “Protect” smoke detector because it could be shut off without the user being aware.

This year has been particularly rocky, starting in January with a software bug that caused Nest thermostats to shut down heating and cooling systems.

In April, Nest angered owners of its $299 Revolv smart-home hub by shutting down the hubs, whose sticker price was marketed as including a “lifetime subscription.”

In May, a former Nest employee filed a federal labor complaint that included allegations that Nest and Google conducted illegal surveillance of workers via their electronic devices, to prevent them from speaking out about workplace conditions.

In June, Tony Fadell left his position at CEO amid complaints about his management style and the company’s culture.

Under Google, Nest will be tasked with developing a “unified” platform for connecting smart devices in what’s known as the “internet of things,” according to Fortune, which provided no information about its sources for the article.

 

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  • Stately M White

    Dropcam was revolutionary, now it’s just average ever since Nest/Google took over. The app has regressed and competitors are catching up.

    I honestly expected more out of Google, but perhaps that’s my own naivete.

  • hoapres

    It’s layoff time at Google.
    Expect 10% or even more of Google staff to be laid off in the next 6 months.

 
 
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