Smart Home Developers Leave the Nest

Smart Home Developers Leave the Nest

Nest is losing dozens of developers and engineers to Google Home, the search giant’s answer to the Amazon Echo.

According to Fortune, Google’s subsidiary Nest Labs is undergoing another restructuring initiative. This time, Nest developers will be allocated to focus on IoT and broad developments for the market in regards to Google Home.

This newest restructuring comes two months after Nest’s founder and CEO Tony Fadell decided to leave the smart home device marker. Marwan Fawaz, formerly of ADT and Motorola, has since replaced Fadell.

This latest report states that Nest’s entire platform team of engineers and developers will become part of Google in order to create a unified IoT platform for Google Home and future connected devices from Google.  

Longtime Google executive Hiroshi Lockheimer, who currently serves as senior VP at Android, will lead this new restructuring effort.

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But where does this restructuring leave Nest’s hardware and software divisions? The company is still part of Google’s Alphabet division and is responsible for producing Nest thermostats, cameras and smoke detectors as well as the software that runs it all.

The main shakeup is that these dozens of developers will now serve as an intermediary between Nest, Google and Android to develop new hardware/software divisions and products.

Google is preparing to launch Google Home, which was first announced at the I/O Developer Conference in May.

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