Google Making Nest More Than Home Automation, Team to Become Main Hardware Group
January 31, 2014 10:37 AM
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The Nest team will stay intact
bought Nest Labs
earlier this month for a solid $3.2 billion in cash and according to a new report from
, Google's new Nest team will be the search giant's core hardware group. That means Nest won't
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.
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.
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RE: Where is the value?
2/3/2014 11:34:17 AM
the things i like about it are:
its a big dial to adjust the temp. No more pressing little buttons up/down, i simply turn the dial to the temp. silly maybe.. but I like it.
web interface. I really like being able to log into a website to make setting changes, adjust schedules.. etc, a nice big screen instead of having to try to do the same thing with a few buttons on an lcd display.
and being able to remotely adjust it is nice for those days you might get off work early.. or late even, and adjust the temp to be ready for your arrival.
we installed one when we bought our house a few months back and all it had was a simple on/off thermostat.
we did though turn off the auto sensing and learning, that was annoying for us since were it is, it always thought we were away and kept turning off LOL
RE: Where is the value?
2/3/2014 12:58:28 PM
I guess I'm a luddite. I'll grant you that these are all benefits, but they're incredibly minor, IMO. They certainly don't make up for the cost or for any potential invasion of privacy. I have some advice for those of you who get back from work early, before the thermostat is scheduled to bump up the temp:
Wear a sweater.
I find it annoying when people use the phrase "first world problems," but wow, how pampered do you really have to be?
"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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