Romain Dillet, writing for AOL/TechCrunch:
Recently, Google acquired Nest, and TechCrunch has learned that
Google has big plans for the team behind the connected device
Moreover, Fadell managed to attract great Apple engineers when he
started working on Nest. They wanted to follow Fadell’s plans and
were good engineers. And that’s exactly what Google was looking
for when it acquired Nest. When it comes to budget, Google is
willing to let the Nest team use as many resources as it needs. In
other words, the company is getting serious about consumer
hardware, and Motorola was just a false start.
That’s what I thought, right from the start. The key is Tony Fadell’s ambition and track record. He’s not looking to make Google thermostats; he’s looking to change the world.
Google selling Motorola to Lenovo isn’t a sign that Google isn’t interested in Apple-style hardware/software product development — it’s a sign that they’ve found a much better way to do it in Nest.
★ Thursday, 30 January 2014