Google’s $3.2 Billion Purchase of Nest Cleared by FTC

Back in January, it was announced that Google would be acquiring Nest, the smart thermostat and smoke detector company whose popularity has been growing gradually since its humble beginnings as a Kickstarter project, for a whopping $3.2 billion. With high profile acquisitions, especially one that concerns the data privacy of users, the deal had to go through FTC approval.

According to a new report from Computer World, the deal has been approved early by the FTC and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, with Google hoping the deal is completely closed within a couple of months.  (more…)

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

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.  (more…)

Nest CEO Promises Transparency and Opt-in Choices for Possible Changes to Privacy Policies

With Google’s acquisition of Nest, many around the web joked that Google would use the information collected by the smart smoke detector and thermostat to ultimately sell ads to users. While Google’s exact plans for Nest are unknown at this time, Nest’s CEO Tony Fadell addressed any possible privacy concerns with current users and future buyers, stating that the company will remain completely transparent on any privacy policy changes, and that all changes made will be completely opt-in based.  (more…)

Google Acquires Nest for $3.2 Billion (Updated)

Google announced moments ago that it has acquired Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash.

For those not familiar, Nest “reinvents” home products that you either neglect, ignore, or don’t realize could be awesome and then makes them something you can’t live without. They are the creators of the Nest Thermostat and most recently, Nest Protect (smoke alarm). I reviewed the Nest Thermostat earlier in the year, calling it my favorite Android accessory, thanks to its ease of use, automation, and potential energy saving prowess. We have Nest Protects in house and will be doing some sort of review or overview in the near future.  (more…)

Nest Protect Wants to Monitor Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Levels in Your House, Not Annoy You Either

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As you guys are fully aware, I’m a big fan of the Nest Learning Thermostat. In fact, I reviewed it randomly back in April and am still fully engulfed in all things Nest to this day. It continues to be my favorite Android accessory, as it allows me to save money (though I’m not sure how much just yet) on heating bills while also giving me the ability to remotely control the temperature of my house from anywhere in the world (including the couch or on a cold Saturday morning in bed). It’s also not bad looking. Actually, it’s an incredibly well-designed piece of home technology. I can’t recommend it enough.

So today, the folks at Nest announced their newest product called Nest Protect. Nest Protect is their take on a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide monitor that looks as pretty as their thermostat and can be controlled via Android (or iOS) app, yet introduces a new take on how your home should be protected.  (more…)

Review: Nest Thermostat is My Favorite Android Accessory

On one of my last trips back from New York, possibly from the Galaxy S4 event, I found myself thumbing through in-flight magazines in attempt to kill off some of the 6-hour flight time I would have to endure. As I typically do on flights because I find the items hilarious, I grabbed for Skymall. For the most part, I’m looking to see how insanely expensive fake Harry Potter wands have become or if the giant stone Bigfoot has come down in price, so that I could potentially convince my better half that we need it for our yard. But on this last trip, I turned to a full-page ad that included Nest, the “Learning Thermostat.” As I had heard of the product previously and found it interesting, I snapped a picture of it, so that I would remember to look up additional info whenever I made it home. This turned out to be a brilliant move on my part because the Nest is now my favorite Android accessory, possibly of all time.  (more…)