Google has announced that they’ll be merging the Nest team along with the Google Hardware team as one overall team.
Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Hardware at Google said that, “The goal is to supercharge Nest’s mission: to create a more thoughtful home, one that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it. By working together, we’ll continue to combine hardware, software and services to create a home that’s safer, friendlier to the environment, smarter and even helps you save money—built with Google’s artificial intelligence and the Assistant at the core.”
This means that we could be seeing Nest products with the Google Assistant built-in (possibly the 4th Generation Nest Thermostat?) or even Google products but with designs by the Nest team.
Google bought nest back in 2014 for $3.2 billion and Nest has sold more than 11 million devices since 2011 and Google has sold tens of millions of devices.
Osterloh also said in the Google blog post, that “We’ve had a head start on collaborating since our teams already work closely together, and today we’re excited to make Nest an integral part of Google’s big bet on hardware.”