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The Nest team will stay intact

Google bought Nest Labs earlier this month for a solid $3.2 billion in cash and according to a new report from TechCrunch, Google's new Nest team will be the search giant's core hardware group. That means Nest won't just be used for home automation and energy monitoring -- the team will be in charge of Google's latest hardware, which could include smartphones and tablets for Google's Android mobile operating system.
 
Google will keep the Nest team intact, including Nest CEO Tony Fadell. Fadell, who used to work for Apple on the iPod as well as the iPhone development teams, is considered a top dog when it comes to hardware -- but he's also comfortable with software. 
 
TechCrunch said Google was looking for the right product designers and engineers who could cross between both hardware and software, and saw that in Nest. 


[SOURCE: Digital Trends]

While Google will likely have its new hardware team work on home-automated devices as well, many reports say the Nest guys will take over all hardware projects spanning many kinds of devices. It's currently unclear what those devices will be.
 
It's interesting to see that Google sold off Motorola Mobility the same month that it acquired Nest. Many have concluded that Google originally acquired Motorola with the same intentions as when it acquired Nest; to have an innovative hardware team to power Android devices and beyond.
 
Google ended up selling Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion earlier this week, reportedly taking a $7 billion net loss on the company. 
 
But Google got to hold onto Motorola's patents, which is likely what it acquired the company for anyway. Now, armed with patents and a whole new hardware team, we'll have to wait and see what Google does next. 
 
Google just posted its Q4 2013 financials, posting a significant rise in revenue from $14.42 billion USD in Q4 2012 to $16.86 billion USD in Q4 2013. Analysts expected $16.75 billion USD. But net income (GAAP) was at $4.10 billion USD ($12.01 USD/share), which is up roughly 15 percent year-over-year, but represents 1.5 percent less than the $4.16 billion USD ($12.20 USD/share) than Thomson Reuters predicted. 

Source: TechCrunch



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RE: Where is the value?
By Reclaimer77 on 1/31/2014 2:46:32 PM , Rating: 0
quote:
I already know when I am at home and when I am not - my brain already performs this function at no added financial cost.


No added cost?

This reminded me of my old live-in girlfriend, we were constantly fighting over the thermostat. Me, being a man, knew how to set it optimally. Her, being a cold natured scatterbrain woman, had no clue.

I got tired of the fighting so I finally told her that she was in charge of the thermostat for the entire month. But SHE had to pay the power bill.

When it came in, it was over $350 for that month!!! And that was at early 2000's rates!

So no, sorry, people don't perform those functions at no added cost. Most people are horrible at it. That's why we use computers...


RE: Where is the value?
By troysavary on 1/31/14, Rating: 0
RE: Where is the value?
By troysavary on 2/1/2014 4:45:40 AM , Rating: 1
Wow, guess I pissed off the misogynist crowd. Voted down for calling out someone for stating that being male makes him automatically right and being female makes someone scatterbrained. What to prove the stereotypes about geeks right, Dailytech readers.


RE: Where is the value?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2014 8:26:28 AM , Rating: 2
I thought it was funny when I wrote it. But yeah, turn it into a civil rights issue buddy.

Misogynist? Oh come on, get a life. It's not like there are any women here to be offended lol.

And wow, I know you hate me, but posting this at almost 5 in the morning? You need some perspective Troy. Crying because not everyone is on-board with your Reclaimer witchhunt, haha!

Meanwhile my "misogynist" ass was in bed with a lovely young lady :)


RE: Where is the value?
By troysavary on 2/1/2014 9:07:51 AM , Rating: 2
Judging from the number of -1s you get, I'd say more people are on board than you think. I never eve had any particular dislike for you, I just argued when I thought you were wrong. But after your cretinous holocaust denier remark and then your cowardly denial of ever saying it, you are right, I don't like you now.

Even in you denial of being a misogynist, you make further remarks that show you are. You know for a fact no women read this? And even if they don't, it is ok to belittle them if you think they will not hear?

Besides, it wasn't 5 in the morning for me, dumbass. Do I need to explain time-zones to you? Forget I asked, I probably do.


RE: Where is the value?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2014 9:26:03 AM , Rating: 2
Wow how many times are you going to cry about that? I made ONE off the cuff comment, and you've taken that to be me calling you a Nazi. That's ridiculous.

And wasn't it Spuke who first questioned you about it? I'm not the only one who recognized something wasn't quite right about your historical interpretations. But of course, you 100% focus on my comments.

quote:
And even if they don't, it is ok to belittle them if you think they will not hear?


Hey dumbass, news flash, you don't know my ex. I wasn't calling ALL women scatterbrained, I wasn't even being serious, it's part of my shtick here! But my ex was absolutely 100% a scatterbrained blonde bimbo, you'll have to take my word on that.

It was meant to be an example of how no, not everyone CAN manage a thermostat efficiently themselves. But OH MY GOD! I tried to use a silly example from my own life. Please, arrest me now and condemn me lol.

Good grief get a life. Do you think other people really want to read this little back and forth of ours over nothing?


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