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Is It Time For Google and Nest To Simplify Its Smart Home Messaging?

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Back before Andy Rubin left Google, he had expressed his annoyance at all the duplicated efforts that the company had around the digital living room and TV. There was Google TV, Android TV, YouTube, early smart home living room effort in @Home, and lots of other skunkworks efforts.  Eventually Google tidied up its TV efforts and clarified its messaging, but the reality is the company has always encouraged creative chaos, letting managers build fiefdoms around internal entrepreneurial efforts to help the company keeps its edge while looking for that next disruptive market opportunity. This approach lets the company retain top talent who otherwise would go elsewhere...

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Android TV Head: We Like Service Provider Managed Smart Homes!

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Saw a piece this morning quoting the head of Android TV saying he thought TV providers were best positioned to deliver smart home to consumers.  Per the piece: Pruter said the pay TV operators were best placed to expand their services beyond TV to “taking control of the house” because they have the customer relationship and can provide customers with a single number to call. “I think branding of pay TV operators will go towards a household brand rather than just a video brand,” he said. This is interesting for a few reasons.  First, this is yet another view on...

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What Does Alphabet Mean For Google's Smart Home Efforts?

Mike Wolf Alphabet Brillo Google Nest Thread Weave

Like many, I've spent the past 24 hours trying to figure out Google's latest out-of-left-field move, the decision to create a new holding company called Alphabet. If you've been only half-paying attention to tech news, the gist of it is this: Google will form a new holding company called Alphabet, which will be Google's parent company. Alphabet will be the publicly traded stock that will replace Google. Core Google businesses (i.e. the businesses that make most of the money) will remain under Google. This includes search, ads, YouTube, maps, Android.   The other businesses that are more unproven but with...

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The Coming Smart Home Shakeout

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  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I think we're in for a little turbulence in the smart home market. Not because the market isn't growing. It is. It's just not growing in a way that can make every investor, startup and big tech company happy.  This isn't completely unexpected. Markets - especially new consumer technology markets as they are searching for defining use-cases, form factors and hero products - take time to figure themselves out. The smart home industry is trying to figure itself out. In the meantime, some investing in the space are disappointed in their early...

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Smart Home Weekly: Nest's Next, HomeKit's 180 Million, Windows-AllJoyn

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It's been a busy week at NextMarket as we launched our first event, the Smart Kitchen Summit. We did also manage to get our HomeKit Forecast report, which is part of our new Smart Home Insider service (email us for more info). But that will not keep us from providing necessary context and analysis for the smart home news. This week was an interesting one too, with the first HomeKit products shipping, news of Nest's presser and a few smaller bits and pieces. You can check out our takes below. Like always, if you haven't subscribed to our newsletter and...

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