Google rumored to be expanding its home automation offering with Dropcam aqcuisition

By Rich Edmonds on 27 May 2014 07:53 am
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Google has already kicked off its home automation plans with the purchase of Nest, the makers of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, but the company is rumored to be looking into purchasing Dropcam. This next potential acquisition is the brand behind security cameras that stream directly to a smartphone or tablet. According to The Information, Google are currently analyzing whether Dropcam would benefit the company's overall strategy.

Consumers are able to utilize Dropcam products to keep an eye on what's happening at home. Features include night vision, 8x zoom capabilities, two-way communication and even intelligent notifications. All this functionality is bundled with the live streaming, perfect for quickly glancing at what's currently in view of said security cameras. With Apple set to unveil its own smart home platform, it makes sense for Google's Nest division to look to expand.

Currently there aren't any details as to whether or not the two companies are in discussion about a potential deal being made. For the time being, be sure to take this rumor with a grain of salt, but it's certainly plausible that Google would want to continue building on its home automation portfolio.

Source: The Information, via: The Verge

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Google rumored to be expanding its home automation offering with Dropcam aqcuisition

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I whined in a prior article about products inititally being restricted behind walled gardens or in specific stores (read Apple) at launch. This is different as it is an existing product with strong support for both Android and iOS. Providing this remains the case I have no problem with any aquisitions of this nature.

If true it is pretty cool that Google is expanding more into home automation. I think that it will be the next big thing.

This purchase could be important to Google in a few different areas of business. I wonder how they'll use this IP in combination with Nest, Android, Chromecast, etc. If Google repackages all this into one awesome, customizable and expandable platform, it could be very cool.

I hope Google gets this purchase and then develops their own product similar to what they are doing with nest.

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If Google buys them, I hope it works out well. They seem to be creating a complete home automation system with one small piece at a time. Hopefully they can unify all the pieces into one cohesive system. I'm not sure why they don't just build a complete system that starts out working great as a whole but that can be purchased in pieces as the customer has the need and money for.

Yeah!! Google will get to know even more about me! NOT! I would have bought one of these, but I'm tired of Google kowing eveything that I could be doing. If this is true I won't be buying.

This is a story designed to bring out the "Google is creepy" crowd. I think it's great. Integrate all the things!

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I think that it is good that Dropcam has been purchased by Google, it will end up by more investments in R&D and therefore maybe an outdoor version of the Dropcam that I am currently solving thanks to Dropcases.