|Nest will no longer work with IFTTT as of August, but what about Alexa!?|
Google bought Nest back in 2014, but has just made the rather frightening announcement that it is suddenly concerned about everyone’s privacy and is henceforth dropping it’s “works with Nest” program like a hot brick. (I always knew my thermostat was up to no good) The first casualty is massive enough on it’s own; It’s IFTTT and I am livid, but there are far greater concerns about Amazon Alexa and in fact the Smart Home industry as a whole.
3rd party control is about to go out the window: If you bought a Nest specifically because you wanted to be able to control a Thermostat using 3rd party smart home gear then your time may well be up unless your 3rd party company (Philips Hue, LIFX, Wemo, Harmony, LightwaveRF, and Yes; Alexa) decides to spend the time and money not only developing for Google’s new platform but also passing a new series of tests. Homey have already emailed their customers to say they’re not going to jump through these hoops and as of the end of August Homey will no longer be able to control the Nest thermostat, and I imagine it’s because Google have made it clear they don’t want them to.
You can expect a slew of these types of emails over the coming months because Google is closing ranks and tying you into their eco system. I am 99% confident You’re about to witness the birth of a new Apple. You can check the list of current “works with Nest partners” that could be affected here, and it is not a small group!: workswith.nest.com/uk/
Alexa as far as I can tell uses the same connection as any other partner and is a direct competitor to Google, so isn’t the writing kind of already on the wall? If you’re not sure, then here’s some food for thought…
Google is re-branding all of it’s smart home stuff to “Nest”: The Google Hub is now known as the “Nest hub” which is exceptionally worrying… Google and Amazon do not like you using their products to control their competitors gadgets. If they’re re-branding their smart home line to “Nest” then it spells out the future for Nest products pretty clearly. In my opinion it is just a matter of time before you won’t be able to control any Nest products with Alexa, and that includes the thermostat you already bought. Time might prove me wrong, but I think you’re going to see an announcement pretty soon that mirrors the one that just went out about IFTTT and Homey.
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