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Tony Fadell and team to stay together and work on hardware projects at Mountain View

Google and hardware seems to be a never ending news topic of late, and less than 24 hours from announcing the sale of Motorola to Lenovo talk turns back to Nest. Acquired earlier this month for $3.2 billion, the questions immediately turn to; why? Well, according to a report from the folks at TechCrunch, Google has just acquired its brand new core hardware team. 

Google will keep the Nest group intact inside the company. The new division will still work on hardware devices, but not necessarily thermostats or smoke detectors. In fact, Google would like Fadell to work on gadgets that make more sense for the company.

Tony Fadell's background alone makes him a prime candidate to take charge of any hardware projects at Google. Having been on the original iPod and iPhone teams, he's certainly well equipped. What any of these future products may be will no doubt keep everyone guessing for a long time to come. For now, we can enjoy current Nest products, and know that the team that created them is in a place to do great things. 

More: Two weeks with a Nest Thermostat

Source: TechCrunch


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Report suggests Nest team to become Google's core hardware unit


They sold moto because they were bleeding cash and it did not make sense for them to intimidate their partners.

This is great news for google's hardware business. Every "Google made" (not nexus) devices are built like a champ, can't wait to see more.

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I like it because it is real, smudges and all. The renders you see on their website make it out to be a little better looking than it actually is in everyday use.

I kind of figured a very large part of the price for nest was to get the ex-Apple employee(s). Especially one that was involved in design and not simply a programmer. I am sure that is a very rare event and bet Jobs is turning in his grave.

Now this is all starting to make sense... Strip Motorola of its primary value (patents, and the R&D team), sell off the sub par hardware side to a company itching to get a better foothold in the US Android market (lenovo), and put the Nest crew (awesome hardware design and functionality) on the path to deliver Google's vision of a totally automated and connected lifestyle for the global market. These guys are geniuses.

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Well played, Sir!! Bravo!!

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So they shed mobile hardware in favor of home automation hardware.......Seems a lil backwards as mobile is where the growth has been for the past decade.......interesting move........I'll be watching to see how it plays out

I think they're making a play to dominate both home and mobile, and lead the way to a true merging of the two. Take note that Nest doesn't just have home automation potential. The chief guy there was on the original iPhone team. I think Google has positioned themselves quite nicely.

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Mobile is out of play sorta. They will keep the os going but leave making the phones up to OEMS and drop the Nexus

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I've seen the rumors lately, but do you think they will really drop the Nexus line? I'm still sorta in disbelief of that notion at this point.

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all kidding aside, yes.

Why? If they can get the OEMs to do it with GPe editions why would they flush money down the drain to subsidize a phone? It isn't like they need to try to get people to adopt Android...

That's the past 10, home automation could be the next ten.

Between fiber, Chromecast, and Android coming to appliances and TVs, Google wants to be in your house...

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No. Just no.

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That never should have gotten out of R & D. Not saying it didn't have its uses for the time it was released, but it was quickly replaced.

Focusing on hardware that isn't Android smart phones is better for the openness of Android.

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There's a lot of competition for home automation and to be honest, I'll keep Google out of my house. I use the TCP Connected for my lighting, and can access it anywhere there's a computer connection or smartphone connectivity. I also bought a Honeywell WiFi stat because my schedule changes constantly. I don't need, nor want smart appliances other than maybe a coffee pot and dishwasher. Why would I put food in the oven to turn it on 6-8 hours later?

Wonder how long before they sell Nest to someone else and keep the team. I don't see Google staying in thermostats and smoke detectors

I doubt they'll sell Nest. With the smartphone market stagnant except for emerging markets, Google is looking to get into new markets like the home, wearables, and cars. Thermostats and smoke detectors are just the beginning.

It seems to me like bringing more features to all Android devices. Currently, many features tend to be vendor specific. It works best if all Android devices get the API needed.

Does that mean we won't be seeing a 3rd gen Nest anytime soon? I was holding off buying one to see to the Google acquisition meant new hardware would be coming around the next I/O.