Nest is being rolled into Google's hardware team

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This should allow Google to beef up its smart home line-up, with Nest products likely to receive better functionality with the Google Home than ever before.

But from a business perspective, Google is merging with the only other part of Alphabet that now makes money.

There's been a major recovery at Nest over the previous year, with the slow product release schedule having been replaced by a steady slew of new products.

Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz said that moving Nest to Google is company's right decision because it makes it easier to develop new Nest products using Google's artificial intelligence technologies. Nest products are frequently used in combination with digital assistants such as the Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa.

The company was formed in 2010, and was acquired by Google in 2014 for $3.2 billion.

This fits in line with the appearance of Nest on-stage at the October Made by Google event a year ago, talking about using Google's Machine Learning and Assistant in powering Nest products.

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"Thoughtful" smart homes Writing in a blog post this week, Google SVP of Hardware Rick Osterloh said the combined team will "supercharge" the Nest mission to create a smarter home. Additionally, Nest created its "Works with Nest", which works with products from both Google Home and Amazon.

A day after Alphabet announced plans to roll Nest into its hardware team, cofounder Matt Rogers has announced that he's exciting the company. "Being part of the Google family, we get closer to that".

In essence, Google is emulating Amazon here.

After working together on the Google Pixel 2, Google now owns majority of HTC's mobile design team and the non-exclusive rights to its intellectual property.

But what difference will merging Nest into Google actually make to customers?

That was to more clearly show which parts of the sprawling empire made money (Google) and which didn't (everything else). Fawaz informed that Nest had shipped 11 million products since its first thermostat went on sale in 2011.

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