Privacy concerns kept Nest from making an Echo-like assistant
With the announcement of two new Echo speakers, Amazon also revealed that those voice-controlled devices (and the Fire TV) now play nice with Nest thermostats. According to Recode, the Google-owned connected home company thought about making an Echo-like of its own, but scrapped the idea due to concerns over privacy. Nest thought that consumers wouldn’t think too highly of a device with a virtual assistant that was tied directly to Google. Of course, there’s no telling how far along those plans were. What’s more, the company’s CEO Tony Fadell addressed privacy concerns when Mountain View bought Nest, explaining that the smart home outfit would remain a separate entity.
Recode reports that Nest representative didn’t elaborate on upcoming products, other than there are new gadgets on the way. However, they did confirm that an Echo-like device isn’t part of the company’s plans. Like Amazon has done with the Echo and its Alexa virtual assistant, Nest has a Works with Nest initiative to sync up with other connected home products. Amazon’s speaker already worked with smart thermostats from other companies, along with a number of other household gadgets. Now it looks like Nest is content to leave the virtual assistant part of the equation to Amazon and others rather than develop a similar feature for its gear, at least for now.
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