Google has already kicked off its home automation plans with the purchase of Nest, the makers of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, but the company is rumored to be looking into purchasing Dropcam. This next potential acquisition is the brand behind security cameras that stream directly to a smartphone or tablet. According to The Information, Google are currently analyzing whether Dropcam would benefit the company's overall strategy.

Consumers are able to utilize Dropcam products to keep an eye on what's happening at home. Features include night vision, 8x zoom capabilities, two-way communication and even intelligent notifications. All this functionality is bundled with the live streaming, perfect for quickly glancing at what's currently in view of said security cameras. With Apple set to unveil its own smart home platform, it makes sense for Google's Nest division to look to expand.

Currently there aren't any details as to whether or not the two companies are in discussion about a potential deal being made. For the time being, be sure to take this rumor with a grain of salt, but it's certainly plausible that Google would want to continue building on its home automation portfolio.

Source: The Information, via: The Verge


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Google rumored to be expanding its home automation offering with Dropcam acquisition


I think you meant Nest, not Next.

On a totally unrelated note, definitely looks like Skynet is coming.

I hope Google purchases Dropcam and incorporates the hardware and integrates the features into their (Android) Home Automation platform.

Dropcam subscriber here.
The minute this thing falls into Google's hands out the door it goes.

I only turn it on after I leave the house, but no way am I giving Google eyes inside my house. I barely trusted Dropcam themselves, I have no intention of giving Google even more ways to sell me stuff or sell me to their big customers.

The statement that Dropcam makes "security cameras that stream directly to a smartphone or tablet" isn't true.

A standard IP camera would stream directly to smartphone and tablets. Dropcam is different in that it goes through their cloud service first/always. If my internet is down, I can still view my IP camera if I'm on the same network. With Dropcam, that is not possible.

If your standard IP cam has the ability to view viewed over the Internet then you are in the same position with dropcam or your IP cam. When your intern is down you can't see anything remotely.

Without that capability, all you get with IP cameras is an incentive for the thief to take every computer you own as well as the recorder.

Good grief....can companies not exist independently anymore? Does every decent startup really have to get swallowed up by a larger fish?