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A Quick Look At Nest’s Revolv Aquisition

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A Quick Look At Nest’s Revolv Aquisition.

Google’s Nest Labs unit has acquired startup Revolv, the latest move by the Internet giant to expand in the fast-moving market for smart home gadgets.Google Inc. (GOOG:US) added home-automation device maker Revolv Inc. to its portfolio of companies as the search provider pushes deeper into the business of making houses more intelligent. Revolv, based in Boulder, Colo., in November 2013 began selling an Internet-connected device that controls other gadgets in the home, aided by a smartphone app. Nest Labs, a digital-thermostat company that Google acquired earlier this year, said in a blog post today that it’s buying Boulder, Colorado-based Revolv.

In a bid to meet this goal, Nest has been working hard on “Works with Nest” so much so they have purchased Revolv to further the brand. , the markers of smart hubs for many other smart objects to ‘revolv’ around, have been big supporters of open source. Revolv sells hardware and develops software to manage devices scattered throughout homes to control lights, thermostats, locks and other connected gadgets. Using several open source components to connect devices together and create their excellent developer platform, they too share the same ethos of Nest, highlighting them as inspiration to the creation of Revolv.

Nest announced on Friday that it had acquired Revolv, whose hardware makes it possible for people to control several smart appliances on a single mobile app. Revolv said it will focus on the Works with Nest program, which is Nest’s effort to make its devices interact with others in and around the home, such as washing machines, lights, cars and remote controls. Google, betting that connected homes will help spread its technology and services, paid $3.2 billion in February to buy Nest, which in turn bought in-home camera company Dropcam Inc. in June for more than $500 million. The startup’s red, puck-shaped device was designed to support seven different wireless technologies, helping to side-step compatibility problems in letting home devices connect to each other.

The odd-looking device could control your home lighting, your door locks, and your programmable thermostat, but it could also speak to your Sonos mutli-room audio system. As much as they try and leave Nest to run itself, it is clear that all these acquisitions are part of a larger plan by Google to finally get their dream of Android @ home. The acquisition is thought to be more about bringing Revolv’s developer talent on board, as opposted to retailing and improving the products that are already on sale. More from WSJ.D: And make sure to visit WSJ.D for all of our news, personal tech coverage, analysis and more, and add our XML feed to your favorite reader.

More importantly users have been advised that “Revolv data will remain subject to the Revolv Privacy Statement and, like Nest data, will be separate from Google”. And the concept of a hub wasn’t likely to resonate with mainstream consumers who are still getting used to the idea of putting internet-connected gadgets into their home. For instance, the company has a partnership with Jawbone fitness trackers so that when a Jawbone user wakes up, the device can tell a Nest thermostat to start warming the house up.

Nest Labs saw the potential and snapped up those human resources for its own purposes, but selling just a hub is apparently not part of its game plan. If you purchased a Revolv hub, a statement on the company’s website indicates that service will continue for existing customers, but that no new Revolv hubs will be sold.

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