Back in 2014, Google bought Nest, the smart home goods company, for $3.2 billion. Then in 2015 they were separated when Google reorganized itself under an umbrella holding company called Alphabet as part of a corporate re-structuring. Now, rumor has it they are joining forces again, with Nest engineers set to re-join Google’s hardware team.
If true, Nest and Google would be able to collaborate on future accessories, paving the way for a powerful line of smart home accessories to rival Amazon’s Alexa devices.
As it stands now, Google and Nest services are pretty well integrated; Google Home users can currently control Nest accessories using voice commands. But the partnership would produce a deeper integration between hardware and software services, making for a smoother experience and a more versatile line of products.
[Via The Verge]