Alphabet is shifting some Nest engineers to Google
In a move which hints at tech giant Google's intensified efforts in the 'smart home' arena, Google's parent company Alphabet is shifting some engineers to Google from its Nest Labs subsidiary, which is Alphabet's standalone smart-home gadgets company.
Reporting the engineering resource shift from Nest to Google, The Verge has revealed in a recent report that the engineers affected by the shift are chiefly responsible for the Nest platform; and will now help Google in furthering its ambitions in the smart-home market.
According to The Verge report, based on information shared by unidentified sources, the Nest engineers re-assigned to Google will work with Hiroshi Lockheimer - Google's Senior Vice President of Android - and will be considered Google's staff on Google payroll.
Alphabet's move to shift some Nest engineers to Google comes at a time when Google has efforts underway to release a speaker dubbed 'Google Home' to challenge the Amazon Echo voice-controlled speaker/digital assistant.
Google had introduced the Google Home speaker at its I/O developer conference held in May, but had not divulged any strategic partnerships with third-party products. The responsibility of third-party integrations for Google Home speaker will evidently be shouldered by the Nest engineers who have been shifted to Google.
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