I recently got a chance to sit down with Nest co-founder Tony Fadell, who is the former Apple visionary, and he came away from the event feeling a little disappointed. He added to a multitude of reasons why people were unhappy, with some telling him “Apple was doing the right thing by partnering with Nest, but Google can do the right thing.” I heard the same thing from most of those I asked. Fadell wasn’t biting on this, though he did gush over the fact that Google was trying to do “everything possible, they just needed to get out there.” He said that he could see why Google could do a better job.
But this also means that Google’s server farms were lying dormant today, waiting for an opportunity to upgrade their hardware so that they could get rid of the drawbacks. According to the post from Tony Fadell on Wednesday, Google has postponed some of these upgrades, and two still planned tomorrow, but for the most part, the rollout will now take place as planned.
Some of these things I mentioned come from the Nest beta software that provides developers with the tools for creating third-party apps. While the beta remains unavailable for right now, Fadell is certain that a release of Google’s own app is a real possibility, as he mentioned in the post:
As we start working with thousands of developer resources, every day the focus grows more and more on consumer marketers. Before Nest was only focused on education it was hard for us to communicate to entrepreneurs how to expand the site. But since Nest hit the mainstream many entrepreneurs have come to know Nest and in some cases, their parents. Nest is a platform and is growing in popularity. One startup on the list for the largest Accelerator Program in the world is Nest. If their products solve problems we don’t, who is going to pay for them? I don’t blame you for thinking so, but understanding the consumer needs and channeling that need into an app on a platform that users use is something we’ve been emphasizing for years.
It’s unlikely that Nest apps will make it into the App Store, or should have. Google bought Nest, after all, but the problems are the same: the user’s phone is hooked up to a Nest. That’s a dependency. I do hope that the launch of Google’s own Nest, at least for the time being, will inspire other startups to leverage all the power of Google’s utility network.