Google acquires Nest; what will this mean for Google EnergySense?

About a month ago, we first heard of Google EnergySense, an Android app that was the software side of an effort to create smart homes by connecting HVAC systems to our smartphones. At the time, we made a comparison to Nest, which delivers its own hardware and software solutions to effect similar control over your home climate, but back then Nest and EnergySense seemed like they might very well end up as competitors. Well, you can forget about any clash there, as today Google announces plans to acquire Nest.

Google’s paying some $3.2B for Nest, which has expanded beyond mere thermostats to also offer connected smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Despite the new ownership, Google intends to keep the Nest brand around, and its smart devices will continue to be sold under that name. While Google’s announcement of the purchase makes no mention of EnergySense, it’s almost a certainty that we’ll be seeing Nest start fitting in to those plans in the months to come.

Assuming the government doesn’t object to this deal (and there’s no obvious reason why it might), Google should complete its acquisition of Nest within the span of a few months.

Source: Google
Via: BGR

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