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Google's smart home kicks off ahead of Google I/O with Nest Developer Program

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nest-thermostat_1As expected, Google is kicking off its smart home initiative ahead of its annual developer event, Google I/O, which begins tomorrow. The connected home experience will be driven by Nest, the maker of smart thermostat and smoke alarm detectors. Google had acquired Nest in January for $3.2 billion. Nest acquired home security cam maker DropCam last week in a reported $550 million all-cash deal. Also Read - Android phones can now detect and warn of earthquakes anywhere, except for China

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Nest today announced it is opening up its ecosystem for third-party app developers, who will be able to create apps for connected devices. The company has already partnered with Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool, Jawbone, LIFX. Also Read - Google could launch its own foldable Pixel Fold in 2021

Some of the scenarios Nest is talking about include lights that automatically switch on and off to replicate someone’s at home when you are away when the Nest thermostat goes into Away mode or your car being able to set your thermostat’s temperature when you are about to reach home. Whirlpool will also have connected washing machines that will run the machine when electricity charges are low for users who have signed up for such services.

We have been hearing about the concept of a smart home where appliances talk to each other but it seems now closer to becoming a reality with Google stepping in. We would expect Google to reveal more at Google I/O tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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  • Published Date: June 24, 2014 5:51 PM IST
  • Updated Date: June 24, 2014 6:42 PM IST



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