When Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) acquired Nest Labs earlier this year for a whopping $3.2 billion, it made no mystery of its goals to advance the Internet of Things. After all, as a smart thermostat specialist, Nest effectively sits at the center of your home and gives Google a perfect position to kick-start a simpler, more connected way of life for everyday consumers.
But according to the Fool's Steve Symington in the following video, Google just made it crystal clear it knows Nest can't tackle the Internet of Things all by itself. Specifically, Steve notes that Google just launched its Nest Developer Program, which gives software developers around the world access to much of Nest's core functionality through a new, easy-to-use application programming interface.
And if this sounds eerily similar to Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL ) stated intentions for its recently announced HomeKit platform, that's because it is. This in mind, Steve says, Google has a solid head start in announcing several big-name partners already developing innovative solutions through the Nest Developer Program. To hear Steve's full take on what this means for Google's broader Internet of Things ambitions, please watch the following video.
HomeKit isn't the only thing up Apple's sleeve
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