Google bought the producer of thermostats for 3,2 billion dollars

Google bought the producer of thermostats for 3,2 billion dollars

Tony Fadell who developed iPod for Apple, works now at Google. The owner of the search engine largest in the Internet bought Fadell’s company for 3,2 billion dollars. Google plans to finish this transaction within the next several months.

The Californian startup of Nest Labs based in 2010 by two former staff of Apple, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, specializes on production of Internet connected devices for the clever house. The company received popularity thanks to the intellectual Nest thermostat presented in 2011. The device is capable to study behavior of the user and to regulate a temperature mode indoors according to the previous experience received by means of sensors of temperature, humidity, movement and lighting.

Among other development of Nest Labs — the sensor of a smoke and the indicator of carbon monoxide.

Google bought the producer of thermostats for 3,2 billion dollars

Tony Fadell remains the head, and the firm will continue to work as a separate brand, is told in Google statement. Other terms of transaction are not disclosed.

Fadell started to work for the first time with Apple in 2001 as the independent contractor for design of iPod. The Apple legend to Steve Jobs so liked result that the same year the designer was taken for permanent job in the company. Till 2008 Fadell held a position of the senior vice-president of musical division of Apple and took part in iPhone design. He received a nickname for the merits «the father of iPod».

Say that Fadell left the company because of the conflict to Scott Forstall which till 2012 directed the iOS Software direction. The Business Insider resource is pointed also to its former disagreements with the main designer of Apple by Johnie Ayvom.

Google bought the producer of thermostats for 3,2 billion dollars

Fadell told to news agency "Bi-bi-si" that its first contact to Google occurred thanks to «a casual meeting» with Sergey Brin in 2011. The cofounder of Google so liked the early version of the Nest thermostat that it and his fellow workers applied the device in the houses later.

This transaction was preceded by recent purchase by the search giant of the robototekhnichesky company Boston Dynamics and a startup of Flutter, the developer of system of recognition of gestures. But the most large-scale transaction in the history of Google today is purchase in 2011 of the Motorola Mobility company for 12,5 billion dollars.