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Nest to join forces with Google's hardware team - The Keyword

Nest cofounder Matt Rogers is leaving the company.                  James Martin  CNET Nest cofounder Matt Rogers is leaving the company. James Martin CNET
Theresa Hayes | 08 February, 2018, 07:34

It's now possible to control Nest thermostats and cameras with Google Assistant through a Google Home or smartphone, but no Nest devices are now enabled with a voice assistant. Nest recently introduced a video doorbell called Hello, which will ship in March.

Ultimately, it was decided that Nest Labs would be separated from Google, so it could represent the "N" for Alphabet. In that same year, the company's original CEO Tony Fadell left.

One thing's for sure: There's a lot more Google Assistant to come. In fact, it appeared Alphabet was putting the pieces in place for the move over the a year ago or so. The specialties and working areas of the giant have been technology, life sciences, and research, but despite its many subsidiaries like autonomous vehicle developers Waymo, and healthcare unit Verily, everything has been masterminded by Google, who now calls upon the services of Nest.

Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz is convinced Google will be able to leverage its AI capabilities on this new thrust as attested by the company's previous gains in the same platform such as advances in the facial recognition area.

Alphabet is folding Nest back into its hardware catalog, this time to fight the fierce competition from Amazon and Apple as well as to unify its smart home lineup. Google then acquired the company in 2014 for $3.2 billion.

Previously, Nest operated under Alphabet's "Other Bets" group of projects. Alphabet's success is still tied to Google's dominance in search and online advertising. They help you save energy and money with intelligent thermostats.

Nest in particular has been on an upward trajectory over the past year, as it sold more hardware in 2017 than it did in 2015 and 2016 combined. While they have been doing well with the Google Home family and its Pixel devices, Nest will bring something more to the table, in terms of smart devices.

"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", Google wrote in a blog post.

In their joint announcement on the change, Google and Nest described the move and Nest more broadly as "an integral part of Google's big bet on hardware".

This story is developing.