Nest Returns to Roost with Google's Hardware Team
Alphabet today said it is putting its Nest and Google hardware teams together under a single roof. Since August 2015, Nest and Google have existed as separate entities under the Alphabet parent company. Moving forward, Google believes the two will work best together and thus the Nest team is being returned to Google. "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," said Rick Osterloh, Google senior vice president of hardware, in a blog post. "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." Google says Nest has doubled the size of its hardware portfolio over the last year, while Google has sold tens of millions of Google Home products. Pairing Nest's smart home products with Google's AI-based personal assistant is a sound business plan. Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz will report to Osterloh.
Feb 14, 2017
Nest today updated its camera software and mobile app for Android and iOS devices with new features and tools for keeping homes safe. In conjunction with its line of indoor and outdoor security cameras and Nest Aware, the Nest mobile app has learned to recognize doorways.
Sep 14, 2017
Facebook today announced Crisis Response, a single spot where users will be able to find information about a range of natural and man-made disasters, weather events, and more. Crisis Response houses existing Facebook tools such as Safety Check, Community Help, and Fundraisers.
Aug 1, 2017
Nextbit today announced via its official Twitter account that it is no longer offering customer support for its sole smartphone, the Robin. "Rebels, effective August 1st 2017, we will be shutting down support for Robin," said the company in its forums.
Dec 22, 2017
Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt this week said he plans to step down from his leadership role on the company's board and will instead serve as a technical advisor to the company. "Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition.
Mar 10, 2017
Google this week made significant change to its core productivity suite, including its email, online storage, and messaging tools. Gmail gains support for add-ons from the G Suite Marketplace, which will let third-party companies create small apps that can hook into an enhance Gmail.