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Google Will Utilize Nest as Its Hardware Group After Motorola’s Departure

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According to a report from TechCrunch, Google has serious plans for the Nest team which was recently acquired by the Mountain View-based company for $3.2 billion. Now that the deal to sell Motorola to Lenovo for about $2.9 billion is official, Google will provide the Nest team with all of the resources (cash) they need to create new gadgets.

These future gadgets could possibly include smartphones and tablets, but according to the source, it is certainly more than just smart thermostats and smoke detectors. 

With a design and engineer team compiled of ex-employees of Apple, and Nest’s CEO being one of the founding members of the iPhone development team, Google now has a hardware/software team with years of experience at creating exciting products in their own house. With that said, it appears that Google is about to get serious with the hardware game.

Google can treat Nest as a clean slate to start pumping out products, without having to worry about the operating losses and product roadmap that Motorola came with. In this case, investing in Nest to make Google hardware is a safer bet than it was with Motorola.

Nest-made phones, anyone?

Via: TechCrunch
  • fitzgerald52

    I just want some wifi enabled light switches from Nest so everything is integrated in one suite.

  • Ken Chew

    What would you call the Angry Bird game on the new Nest Phone? Bird Nest? Great for China market!

  • reese

    what a genius choice good job Google…mmmmmm, reminds me of Steve Jobs bringing NeXt to Apple. Good decision on dumping Motorola too, a company like Google can build from scratch Motorola brand name would be a burden. Just plane ole smart Google watch out Samsung. but im still a fanboy!!!

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Or they’ll sell it to Honeywell, as they sold Motorola to Lenovo.

  • Wallace Jones

    Google to sell off Nest at a loss in 5…4…3…

  • Raven65

    …until they’re sold to the freaking CHINESE that is.

    Bitter? Yeah, a little.

  • droidrazredge

    My question is what could Nest bring towards the hardware for Google that Motorola could not provide ? Obviously they thought Motorola had some good ideas if they kept their Advanced Research Technology Group around ?

  • Stone Cold

    I am taking the wait and see approach. Things change and shift so much in the mobile landscape. Nest could make a phone that is a built with the actual consumer in mind. And on the flip side Lenovo could come to America with some new phones as well.

  • Brendan Schultz

    Pure Android Nest smartphone… Count me in We could have ourselves an iPhone and HTC One rival with premium build quality.

  • droidify

    I have a feeling that next year we will be reading that google has sold off nest for 500 million to honeywell. After the Lenovo deal, this wouldn’t surprise me at all.

    • joejoe5709

      Or incorporate them into Google and wipe out the Nest name. I think they’ll market a Tstat the same as the Google Chromecast. I can see it now… Google Home.

  • chris_johns

    yes google…brilliant strategy…lets sell a company that basically made the first cell phone ever and use a company thats never made any electronic device outside a thermostat and smoke detector instead to make our future moblie devices. . . . .

    • Pedro

      Have you heard the part about $50B+ in the bank? I’d bet that their money making strategy beats yours.

  • KATU-TV PORTLAND

    This is very interesting. Excited to see what this brings in terms to Android@home

  • Mikey Styles

    I for one hope the Nexus Line isn’t dropped & that this acquisition can help not allow that. Meh wishful thinking right? Lol

  • Dan

    I’m really looking forward to them integrating this with google now. Pulls local weather data, gives me a smart phone option and builds mics into the theromostats and the smoke detectors. How awesome would it be to have voice automation anywhere your phone/thermostat is. Ok google now – play netflix – Scrubs season two on livingroom chromecast and have that actually happen.

  • Droid-Life

    This site has gone down hill because of the trolls

    • Zounder99

      It’ll turn around. Just have to wait for people to forget why they dislike each other.

    • Kevin

      Nice to see that the trolls upvoted your comment.

  • Bionicman

    Nest building smartphones….cool —- ((looks around)) oh wait i mean boooooo Motorola come back grrrr raaar

  • Philip J. Fry

    I hope the nexus program doesn’t end:(

    • John Legere

      Same, loved ma cheap off contract phones.

      • Philip J. Fry

        For real. Think I might buy another nexus5 and put it up just in case.

        • John Legere

          Frame it on the wall. Haha. I don’t think google is that crazy to end it though. It’s a great way for people to stay off contracts, switch between phones. Not deal with bloatware, etc.

          • Philip J. Fry

            Haha. That’s the exact reason why I love it.

          • ThatFool

            Wow what jerk is down voting every post.

        • Zounder99

          I may or may not have been looking into this last night…

        • michael arazan

          The more I searched the more I see it could be true, but the sites that state the rumor aren’t really “leading” websites. I guess we’ll know for sure at I/O or an official statement

          • Blue Sun

            I wouldn’t expect I/O to be the place to make that announcement. A few years ago I would have expected I/O to be that venue. The last I/O had no mention of hardware minus the announcement of GPE devices.

    • michael bourgoin

      replaced by the nestus program – sorry couldnt help myself

      • Philip J. Fry

        As long as it is running stock android, I won’t care. lol

        • Chris

          if not Root or buy an actual phone that has stock…

          • Philip J. Fry

            But no other phone runs stock android or close to it besides to moto x and there is no telling where that is headed.

          • John Legere

            Spend $600 to do that? No thanks. $350 is much better.

    • j

      I don’t think nest or moto have anything to do with the nexus line. Nest will make at home products like chromecast, nexus q, etc, not phones. google never makes phones, and they won’t start now.

      • Pedro

        You’ve heard that they’ve owned Motorola for a while. Motorola makes the Moto X. That’s a phone.
        Nest is essentially in the same position Motorola. A company owned by Google.

  • hfoster52

    So this says “Moto thanks for your patents but your hardware design sucks.”

    • Maxim∑

      in some ways the hardware design of the X is lot better then the Nexus 5’s which still thermally throttles STILL, after 2 generations

      • hfoster52

        I was merely just making a statement. Moto X was leaps ahead of anything they have designed and sharing that hardware with the droid lineup only helped. But this probably means end of the droid lineup.

        • Maxim∑

          oh yeah, I agree. Droid line for sure will probably be killed

  • shelderman

    Nexus phones please!!!

  • John Legere

    Will we ever have an article that isn’t bombarded with trolls? Tim, Kellex, do something about it.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Just ignore the trolls! You don’t have to post back to them. Stay on topic and don’t worry about their opinion.

      • John Legere

        But its so fu ckin hard!

    • JRomeo

      You are the biggest troll of them all, why are you still impersonating John Legere?

      • Chris

        Kids will be kids remember!

  • Stnkycheezman

    Google’s next Dev phone will be the Nestus 6

    • John Legere

      I see what you did there ;)

      • Samvelavich

        So did the rest of us…

        • John Legere

          Cool, good to know.

    • Kevin

      There isn’t going to be a six.

      • michael arazan

        We’ll definitely See a New Nexus 5 this Year, and I doubt it’ll be called 6, just Nexus 5 2014 like the Nexus 7.

        • Kevin

          Yes. That’s exactly what I was trying to say. Apparently people either don’t comprehend sentences too well or they actually think there’s going to be a “Nexus 6″.

          • Stnkycheezman

            ahem….Nestus….

  • JPfingsten

    Just give me Googrola back :(

  • akhnaten

    Google expects thermostat engineers to make a good smartphone? Good luck to them.

    • sirmeili

      Those are the same engineers (or some of the same engineers) that made the origina iPod are they not?

      However, I would argue that the “hardware” that Google is looking for them to create is for Android@Home, which is home automation. Something the Nest engineers have some experience in.

      • Anthony_Armando

        Google is about to enter into a huge quagmire of patent infringement litigation with Honeywell.

        • sirmeili

          That may be, but there is more to home automation than just thermostats. I am unaware of any litigation between Nest and Honeywell, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any. If there is, then Google knew what they were getting themselves into.

          • Anthony_Armando

            Indeed, it is more than just thermostats, and Honeywell has a lot more than just thermostats; lighting, locks, cameras, fans, shades, and doors come to mind.

            To be clear I am NOT saying one side was right or wrong, just pointing out that Google’s legal team will be even more busy. I am a big fan of Google.

          • sirmeili

            You learn something new every day. I didn’t know that honeywell did all of that. I guess Google better be careful :)

        • Bionicman

          giggity

        • JBartcaps

          Didn’t Nest already win the lawsuit brought on by Honeywell?

          • Anthony_Armando

            It is still ongoing.

          • JBartcaps

            Ah, okay thanks!

    • John Legere

      I don’t think them directly, but it could be something great. Sure, Moto was a great choice, but thats over and time to see what Google can do.

  • jeff manning

    In all honesty, this is a great move

  • Zounder99

    Just curious to see what everyone thinks. Do you all think this means the end of Nexus, or, at the least, the housing of Nexus as a Nest product?

    • John Legere

      Nexus isn’t going anywhere. I hope not.

      • Zounder99

        I hope not too! I’ve finally found a phone that I want to stick with. I’ve jumped from HTC to Samsung and, while nothing was inherently wrong with those phones, I didn’t get excited about Android until I got my Nexus 4.

      • Tim242

        According to a very reliable leaker, Nexus is gone after this year.

        • John Legere

          That would be stupid. Hello $600 smartphones for years i guess.

        • Zounder99

          I don’t know. Didn’t the leaker claim that Motorola would be “re-purposed”? Instead, it was sold. Maybe he just got it wrong? Or, maybe he mixed stuff up?

        • Chris

          Too many people have died in their mothers basements from lack of nutrition, sunlight, fresh air and isolation..

          • Zounder99

            I’m not sure what this means. I mean, sure I’m sitting in a basement right now and have no fresh air, but… oh. I get it.

        • Silver Veloz
    • joejoe5709

      I highly doubt Nexus is going anywhere unless they replace it with something different. I think there will always be a need for a line of products from Google sporting pure Android/AOSP to highlight each new Android version release. The GPE’s would somewhat fill this void, but not completely. One thing is for sure – it seems 2014/2015 will be a little bit different from what we expected.

      • Patmw123

        What’s ironic about “a product from Google sporting pure Android/AOSP” is that the new Nexus 5 doesn’t even do that. As evidenced by the “Nexus 5 exclusive” launcher. I hope you’re right though, if Motorola takes a sharp turn for the worst, then I will certainly need the Nexus program, or at least something similar.

        • Zounder99

          I assumed that the reason they kept the Nexus 5 launcher exclusive was to showcase what they could do, while still trying to turn a profit. But, I think (?) that it is still pure android. It is just a pure Android that you can only get from that one phone.

          • Patmw123

            Yeah, I was mostly just thinking about it not being included in AOSP. The Nexus 5 is certainly the closest you can get to “pure android”. Everyone just interprets “pure android” differently.

          • joejoe5709

            I would not consider the launcher to any more “pure Android” than the Google Keyboard app. The only weird part is they won’t offer it for availability on other devices – including other Nexus devices.

        • joejoe5709

          Eh… Apex launcher and such does the same thing and in many ways better than the N5 Launcher. But it is sort of strange for them to make it a Nexus 5 exclusive. Even the other Nexus devices don’t get it. But no, the launcher is not considered to be a part of AOSP as far as I know so I guess they can do whatever they want with the launcher just like other Google Apps.

  • Justin Foster

    Wow, sounds like Google got over on both Sammy and Moto almost unnoticed.

  • Chris

    Back to the whole “Android at home” deal from a few years back.

  • ddevito

    Google’s clearly headed in a new direction. Wearables and Home Automation. Android will be the OS. Otherwise I don’t believe phone hardware is Google’s biggest priority, perhaps it never was. This shows you how much power Samsung had over Google.

  • joejoe5709

    Hmmmm it’s been a very interesting 24 hours in Google news. It’s all starting to make some sense. Grab Motorola and its patents. Try to save a sinking ship, but ultimately sell it off. Keep most of the patents and license a bunch more with Samsung for a new hardware partner with some massive potential. I’m betting it’ll be another 12-18 months before we see some product from this relationship so stay tuned!

    • akhnaten

      From a business perspective, this makes no sense. If they pay lawyers $1k/hr, they would have 3 million lawyer hours for the cost of these patents ($3 billion). Even with the patents they will still have to pay the lawyers to defend them, so none of that cost is avoided. It would be much cheaper to litigate for eternity than to buy those patents for that high price. At least with the Nortel patents the 4.5 billion was spread out over several companies. If they had kept Moto, which was well on the way to becoming profitable, they would have ended up with the patents for free. I feel the sale of Moto to Lenovo is a huge blow to the android platform. The only other maker of metal phones, high build quality phones is Apple.

      • Zounder99

        Why would they pay that much for their attorneys? They have in-house attorneys that don’t cost that much. I’d imagine that bulk of the work gets put through their in-house patent litigation team.

      • joejoe5709

        From what I understand, they’ll license the Motorola patents to Lenovo (and others, I’m sure) which probably means long-term income plus they can still protect themselves in litigation. Those patents alone are worth billions. Motorola was only losing them money so they might as well drop them with the first decent offer. They probably could have held on another 6 months and got a couple extra billion. Big deal. They’ve got a cash reserve of something like 50 billion and rising. Better to be done with it and move on. The only part I’m confused about is whether this was the plan all along or was this a semi-implusive move? One would think that they wouldn’t have even tried making the Moto X if it meant selling them so quickly. In the end, I don’t see how Google has really lost much here. We lamented why they purchased Nest for so much money, but now it makes sense because they basically broke even with between selling Motorola and purchasing Nest. They now have a healthy patent arsenal especially with Samsung’s help and a possible new hardware partner with great buzz, a great team, and some huge potential.

      • MistaButters

        Forbes broke it down better. After Google gets the tax write off for Motorola’s operations losses and the loss from the purchase and sale of the company, Google will have essentially paid $1.5 billion for the patents. Considering purchasing those patents allows them to license them, allows them to protect Android finally, and allowed them to block old Moto from going after other OEMs, I’d say it’s a major come up.

    • hfoster52

      Makes lots of sense. Buy company sell of the parts it can. Take the patents. Make other phone manufactures semi play nice. Sell off Moto. Write off loss.

  • Thomas O’Brien

    Eh, not sure on a NEST Phone…there was something nice about the reception with the Moto Radios and overall experience in making handsets….

    • John Legere

      Radios have gotten much better. Moto made them slightly better.

  • STEV3

    With all the patents Google owns now (Samsung patents, Moto’s patents) they really could use all of them plus Nest to develop a serious phone in the months to come.

    • Pedro

      Owning patents doesn’t immediately grant RF engineering prowess.
      I can buy a patent to do X. That’s doesn’t mean that I can engineer the best product to perform the function.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    hmmmm. Very intrigued by this. Speaking of Nest, anyone have the thermostat?

    • John Legere
      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Why are you linking the review?

        • John Legere

          You asked who had it.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            -_- there’s a ton of difference between a review and the opinion of people using the device daily.

          • John Legere

            Reviews are opinions.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Again…-_- there’s a ton of difference between a review and the opinion of “different” people using the device daily.

          • John Legere

            So Kellex using it daily isn’t good enough? Maybe the Verge commenters can help you.

          • Chris

            learn to respect @Good_Ole_Pinocchio:disqus’s opinion

          • anezarati

            kellen should ban pinocchio. if people dont trust his reviews, then he might as well shut down this site. ;)

        • djab

          I have a NEST thermostat and Protect (Smoke detector)

  • BK

    This sounds good to me, in theory. But any new mobile products would be a long time down the pipeline, who knows what the landscape will look like by then?

    In the meantime the Moto X seemed to have things on the right track now. Sales could have been better, but it’s hard to deny a buzz was being built for the future.

  • Mike Hilal

    Way to troll apple

    • Chris

      What does Apple have to do with this?

      • Mike Hilal

        Do you not know about Nest? It was founded by a bunch of ex-apple engineers. For the longest time, their Tstats were sold only in Apple stores and only had iOS support. Now they’ve got apple guys making google hardware. Do I have to explain more?

        • John Legere

          I loved it when Phil unfollowed Nests CEO on Twitter when his dream died haha

          • Chris

            You need to get out more…

          • John Legere

            Says the troll.

          • Chris

            at least I don’t prance around the internet pretending to be someone i’m not.

          • John Legere

            There you go again trolling. Never have i once stated that i am John legere.

          • Chris

            and yet you have his name and photo….

            troll much?

          • Scott

            Go easy on him. Remember if you get him mad, he will disappear for couple weeks.

          • JRomeo

            I never really understood why he likes to impersonate John Legere. It’s very telling when someone has to impersonate someone else because they aren’t comfortable with some other nickname alias which isn’t impersonating anyone.

          • Chris

            Maybe he thinks it’s funny? Idk

          • JRomeo

            You can tell by the number of downvotes the guy always gets that he is not funny at all…

        • Chris

          Yeah. I know that. I fail to see how its “trolling” apple.

          • Mike Hilal

            You fail at both trolling and life.

        • JBartcaps

          Are you sure that is was “only” sold in Apple stores?

        • Pedro

          Android support and general availability in May of 2012. That’s when I bought my first one.
          In other words, wrong.

          • Mike Hilal

            It was available in Feb 2012, and there is a honeywell lawsuit to prove it. Try again.

          • Pedro
          • Mike Hilal

            Feb 2012 There was a patent suit filed when nest started selling online. You cannot sue until product hits the market. Look it up. You said yourself android support didn’t start till November. How was I wrong?

            Ps: your insults need work.

            Try again sweetie

          • Pedro

            Which proves that it was available not through Apple.
            In May, it was widely available. I bought it. And it had android compatibility, sweetie.

            Where did I say November?

          • Mike Hilal

            May, my apologies. From feb to may it did not have an android app.

          • Pedro

            Man. You just make it too easy. You might actually want to know something about what you post. Or at least run a quick Google search prior. You’ve heard about Google, haven’t you?

            How about December of 2011?

            http://support.nest.com/article/Nest-Mobile-app-for-Android-software-update-history

    • joejoe5709

      Hold on… Do you mean:
      [Google], way to troll Apple. *Google is trolling Apple*
      Way to troll [Google], Apple. *Apple is trolling Google*

      Those are two different things.

      • Mike Hilal

        [Google], way to troll Apple. *Google is trolling Apple*

        • joejoe5709

          Gotcha. That makes more sense. I was going to question how Apple was trolling Google as if it’s some slick Oceans Eleven corporate sabotage scheme. Lol. Apple would probably laugh at Google for picking up their old talent. The Motorola patents and the deal with Samsung probably keeps them up at night more than Nest and its ex-Apple engineers. But who knows.

        • Maxim∑

          Tony worked at Apple for 2 years, you act like Google just aquired Jony Ive.

          • Mike Hilal

            Shouldnt you be on AI?

  • Ben Murphy

    This could be beautiful after all.

  • John Legere

    I’m ready for a smart home.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Change your name already, will ya?

      • Patmw123

        Who cares? It’s not like most of the people who post use their real name anyway. On another note, all this Nest business should be intriguing to start see develop for Google.

        • John Legere

          Gotta love how people are bothered by a name.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            It was a joke..sheesh people

          • Chris

            Its ok. I got it. I deal with Johnny boy each and every day

          • John Legere’s Mom

            I for one LOVE your name.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            See, this is funny lol

        • JRomeo

          most of the people who post aren’t impersonating someone else.

      • John Legere

        Stay on topic, will ya?

        • Matthew DiGiacomo

          Geez I was only kidding

          • John Legere

            It’s annoying.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            You don’t have a sense of humor?

          • John Legere

            Not when everybody does it.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Wahh wahh you’re just mad cause you’re stuck on Verizon

          • John Legere

            So now you’re trolling. Cool.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            LOL and you literally troll all the time. How old are you? Have a sense of humor man come on!

          • John Legere

            I don’t troll. Having a sense of humor is one thing, dealing with the same sh!t everyday is another.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Okay well then if you can’t deal with it, change your name!

          • Chris

            Whos holding a gun to your head forcing you to read and GASP! respond to these comments?

          • Chris

            Hes like 13. In love with the CEO at T mobile

          • John Legere

            There you go hating on gay people. So insecure you have to mention it every time? You say you’re older than everyone here, yet you act like a little prick.

          • Chris

            Where did I hate on gay people?

          • John Legere

            You obviously have a strong hate for them because you call out everybody using male memes.

          • Chris

            There are no memes posted on this page… yet..

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            Stay on topic, please. Thank you.

          • Chris

            I apologize.

          • Chris

            @matthewdigiacomo:disqus When ever someone says something he doesn’t like orm disagrees with they are “trolling”

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            You had a warning last night. Stay on topic, please.

          • John Legere

            Are kidding me? I was on topic. I hope that reply wasnt to me.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            It’s to everybody. If someone is calling you a troll, just let it go. I think I speak for everyone when it’s not useful to see a thread of 20 replies with people calling each other trolls. It’s going to stop. Thanks! :)

          • John Legere

            I’m just trying to have an intelligent conversation about smart homes, then it derails into something it shouldn’t. I apologize for people who don’t understand that we can have any username we want. Thanks for the article.

          • JBartcaps

            So downvote that comment and move on, but as you were saying at the very very top, I as well am ready for a smart home. Where every aspect of your home can be controlled remotely. I want it now

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Thank you!

          • Jason Pina

            listen to the moderator John.

          • JRomeo

            It’d be nice to see droid-life include a line in their terms stating that users in the comment system may not impersonate others (e.g. John Legere)

          • Scott

            Lmao!

        • Chris

          You’re the one for staying on topic…