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Nest buys up Revolv to boost Google’s smart home drive

Google-owned connected home pioneer Nest has announced it has acquired Revolv, the maker of a home automation hub.

The Revolv unit allows owners to control all of the connected tech in their house via a Wi-Fi connection, but will be removed from sale as a result of the acquisition.

Those folks who’ve already purchased a Revolv unit and enjoy using the app will still be able to enjoy their existing service, and have been assured that Google will not gobble up all of their data. That will remain separate.

It’s currently unclear what Google plans to do with the Revolv platform. It could fold the technology into a Nest hub, or launch a future version of the home thermostat complete with Revolv’s nous.

The Revolv team will join Google’s ‘Works with Nest’ stable, which now takes centre stage in the developing battle to power the connected home. Also within that alliance is the Dropcam home security start up, which Nest purchased earlier this year.

“We have been inspired by Nest since our foundation, and are thrilled to be part of the Nest family,” read a statement on the Revolv website.

“Together, we’re going to create some amazing products and continue to unify the connected home as part of the Works with Nest program.”

Alongside the Revolv acquisition, Nest has also announced five new technologies that will work with the platform.
Pebble smartwatch users will be able to control their Nest thermostat with the watch, while Rachio turns on the sprinklers if Nest tells them there’s a lot of smoke in the room. The Life360 service will tell Nest when everyone is out of the house and the ivee voice control platform is also on board while SNUPI integration can tell Nest to check in with temperature in another room.

Read more: Nest vs the rest in smart thermostat showdown


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