Report: Nest To Take On ‘Core’ Hardware At GoogleBy: Chris Crum - January 31, 2014
As you know, Google announced that it is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for close to $3 billion. You’re probably also aware that the company recently announced that it will acquire Nest, makers of smart thermostats and smoke detector.
With Motorola out of the company, apparently the Nest team will be running “core”
hardware at Google, which could include more traditional hardware you’d expect from the company, like phones and tablets. This is according to TechCrunch, which says it has “learned” as much. The report says Google will keep Nest intact within the company, and will give it all the resources it needs.
Given that Nest CEO Tony Fadell worked on the iPod for Apple, the team could foreseeably work on any number of devices under the company. The news may very well mean that Google doesn’t have plans to immediately launch any more thermostats or smoke detector-like devices.
On Thursday’s earnings call, Google talked up the recent success of its hardware products like the Nexus 5 and the Chromecast, both of which saw significant sales during the last quarter and holiday season.
Fadell recently appeared on Bloomberg TV to talk about Nest under Google.
He noted that Google will give Nest access to world-wide markets, which he says is what the sale is really about.
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