Google and Nest may merge to build more smart home devices
Making products for a smart home, where even the ceiling fans are connected, is a lucrative business that Google wants to take advantage of.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is considering folding Nest back into its ranks, all in an effort to build more smart home products. Google acquired Nest back in 2014, but in 2015, the two separated under the parent company Alphabet.
According to the report, Nest’s teams would be brought into Google’s hardware division, the focus being on developing even more smart home devices. Google apparently wants a more concerted effort in competing against Amazon’s Alexa smart home products.
The idea isn’t too far-fetched by any means. Despite being two separate companies now, they are pretty close. Nest engineers found their way over to the Google hardware team last year, and as a result, Google Home owners can use their voice to control a variety of Nest-branded products. That includes being able to use your voice to control the thermostat and other pieces of hardware.
When this merger might go through isn’t known. What do you think of the possibility?