Google purchased Nest in 2014 and has allowed it to operate as an independent entity under the Alphabet umbrella for the past few years. The company has been churning out new smart home devices such as thermostats and security cameras during this time. But while it has obviously worked closely with Google even before, it hasn't been 100% integrated into the search giant's hardware team. Until today.
Google is announcing that Nest is finally joining its hardware team - you know, the one that's responsible for "Made by Google" Pixels and Home speakers and Chromecasts. This move is long overdue, and it will hopefully enable more integration between Nest products and Google's hardware roster.
For what it's worth, the company says the goal is "to create a more thoughtful home, one that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it". Future Nest devices should be "built with Google's artificial intelligence and the Assistant at the core".