When we think “Google Play Store Devices,” the first thing that pops into our head is the Nexus series. But Google’s been slowly adding hardware to its selection over the years, and now you’ll also find Google Play edition Androids, the Chromecast, an assortment of Chrome OS laptops, and a bunch of accessories. Today Google opens up a new chapter in hardware sales, offering the Nest Learning Thermostat.
As you may recall, Google announced back in January that it was acquiring Nest. While it wasn’t obvious at the time what all this would mean for Google’s long term home automation plans, the company was clear enough that sales of Nest hardware would continue under that brand name. Sure enough, the Nest thermostat hitting the Play Store today is the same one we’ve seen before, and keeps the same $250 price tag.
Why do we care about a thermostat? Especially one that’s not actually running Android itself? Well, while you can certainly interact with Nest through its full color display, taking advantage of all it offers means loading your phone or tablet with the Nest app. That gives you access to a host of data about historic heating trends, lets you remotely adjust climate settings, and helps you aim for the most energy-efficient operation possible.
Official companion apps are available for both iOS and Android devices.