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Google I/O: Nest brand given a key role in unified smart home platform

Google has finally admitted that its Nest smart home subsidiary has a strong brand that could be better leveraged. So the firm has now announced Google Nest, the new name for what was called Google Home before Nest, and its smart thermostats and other devices, was merged into it. At its I/O developer conference last week, the company showed off the first Google Nest Device, the Hub Max – a home hub with a screen and now a front-facing camera. The news came as Amazon announced that there are now 60,000 Alexa-compatible devices, from 7,400 unique brands, available on the market – up from 20,000 devices and 3,500 brands just eight months ago. Samsung might also finally launch its Galaxy…

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