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Google quits “Works with Nest”: the problem with Cloud-based smart homes


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arch engine giant Google’s Nest product changes are affecting other “smart” home products and systems that integrate it. Nest was acquired by Google in 2014 for more than $3 billion. This now, unfortunately, compromises many smart home installations as Google is ending the “Works with Nest” program and replacing it with “Works with Google Assistant”.

So what does this mean for integrators of Nest? They may not be able to adapt or participate in the new Works with Google Assistant program, and therefore, will no longer provide systems to their full capabilities. Thousands of products and customer installations will be affected. Current reports can be found on The Verge, Cnet, and Extreme Tech.

Problems with the Cloud

Dependence on the manufacturer’s server

One of the top weaknesses of Cloud-based smart home systems. If a manufacturer decides to discontinue a service, thousands of functioning products and integrations become simply unusable one day to the next. The only way to save them? Costly updates – both time and money. But let’s not forget, the potential that installations will become useless, an even more significant loss because what was the point of integrating such “smart” products then? The answer is clear once we get our heads out of the Cloud.

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