This Possible Google Inc Acquisition Makes Perfect Sense

Google is reportedly interested in acquiring Dropcam, the connected camera startup. When it comes to the smart home, Dropcam and Nest could go hand in hand.

May 27, 2014 at 7:00PM

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) might be looking to acquire Dropcam, the connected camera start-up that's been gaining traction. Dropcam offers cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring to users. The device itself costs $150 to $200, while its Cloud Recording service costs $100 to $300 per year, which allows users to store and view up to 30 days worth of recordings. Getting financial backing from a tech heavyweight could allow Dropcam to continue growing even more.

Even Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was named as a potential suitor, although it makes more sense for Google to cut the check. Dropcam would be a perfect complement to Nest, which Google acquired earlier this year. In fact, many have said that Dropcam is doing for surveillance cameras what Nest did for thermostats. Google is clearly interested in growing its hardware presence in the smart home, in which case Dropcam could fit quite nicely.

In this segment of Tech Teardown, Erin Kennedy discusses Google and Dropcam with Evan Niu, CFA, our tech and telecom bureau chief.

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Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

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