Tencent Technology News, based on voice assistant smart speakers, the current hottest Internet areas, relying on a quick imitation rival Amazon, Google has gained a place in this market. According to foreign media latest news, in order to compete for the competitiveness of the field of intelligent hardware, Google has announced the merger of the smart home sector and intelligent speaker department.
Google Smart Home is part of Nest, an independent company whose business will be integrated into Google's hardware team in the future.
According to AppleInsider, a U.S. technology news site, Wednesday, Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president of hardware operations, announced the news.
It is reported that in the past year, Google smart home business (Nest) doubled the number of products, while sales of other products also have substantial growth.
Oslo said the combination of smart home and smart speaker business can help fulfill Nest's first dream of creating a smarter place to live. Through business consolidation, the two teams will gradually integrate the associated hardware, software and services in the future to create a safer, friendlier and more environmentally friendly family home that will become more intelligent with Google's AI and voice assistants .
Oslo said in an interview with the media, after the merger business, Google past, in the field of artificial intelligence research and development will be able to apply to smart home products.
Google also said that smartphones and smart home teams have had some cooperation in the past, so the merger will not bring too much interference.
Nest, a smart home company founded by Apple executives and iPod father Fadl, produces thermostats, smoke detectors and other products that Apple once supported and Apple sells in the official stores.
In early 2014, Google spent 32 billion acquisition of Nest Company, ready to enter the smart home market. Google also believes that Android-led smart phones will become the future smart home control core equipment.
As Nest Inc. fell into the competition, Apple soon stopped selling its smart home products. Apple also introduced its home smart home platform HomeKit, allowing consumers to manipulate their home appliances and home appliances through their iPhones.
However, over the past period, Nest has experienced regulatory chaos. Fadl was accused of rude management practices and staff dissatisfaction. In addition, the company reported a bounce in its new product launches and some products experienced serious quality problems.
In the midst of the turmoil, Fadl was forced to resign, and in the ensuing adjustment, Nest's business started to get back on track.
Google merged Nest and intelligent speaker business, but also demonstrated its ambition for the hardware business. Although Google sold Motorola Mobility four years ago, Google is more interested in hardware than ever before.
Amazon invented the smart speaker Echo was a huge success, triggering a crazy imitation of global technology companies, Google imitated Amazon introduced a large number of different designs, different price products. Agency statistics show that in the United States Christmas shopping season market, Google's share of smart speakers has been increased to 40%, the rest share Amazon take-all.
Intelligent speaker has a wealth of features, one of the sections is the control of home appliances and smart home devices, such as consumers can use propaganda way, switch electric curtains, set the air temperature and so on.
Therefore, it is not surprising that Google merged the smart home business with smart speaker business.
It is reported that after the completion of the business merger, Marwan Fawaz, head of Nest business, will report to the above executive Oslo in the future.
Recently, Google completed the acquisition of HTC's handset foundry business. Google spent $ 1.1 billion to gain 2,000 engineers. In the future, it will further expand the hardware research and development. Besides the smart phones, the team in Taipei will also design A variety of innovative hardware products.