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Amazon has decided to stop selling Nest products, given that the smart device's maker has been acquired recently by rival Google

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  • Amazon to not sell any of the Google’s products
  • The e-commerce site won’t sell products from Nest
  • Both companies have declined to comment on it

Online retailer Amazon has decided not to sell any of the new products from Google’s smart home division Nest, once its current stock runs out, the media reported. Amazon, in a conference call late last year, told Nest that it would not be listing any of Nest’s new products, including smart thermostat and home security products, among others, on its website, the Business Insider reported.

Amazon stops selling Google's Nest's products. Wikimedia Commons
Amazon stops selling Google’s Nest’s products. Wikimedia Commons

After weeks of being unresponsive to Nest, Amazon informed the company that the directive ‘came from the top,’ something Nest took to mean that it had been handed down by CEO Jeff Bezos. However, there has been no direct confirmation on this, the report said. As a result of Amazon’s decision, Nest decided to stop selling any of its products through Amazon, meaning the limited number of Nest devices listed on Amazon are expected to disappear from the site once current inventory is sold out.

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The company has also determined to remove its current set of older products from Amazon because it wanted to be able to offer its full portfolio of devices, or nothing at all, the report said. Amazon’s move marks the latest development in their rocky relationship over the future of the smart home. The online retailer had steadfastly refused to sell some Google-branded products like the Google Home voice assistant speaker and the company’s Pixel smartphones.

Amazon and Nest has declines to comment upon the matter.

In December 2017, the online retailer said it would restart sales of the Chromecast streaming device, but has not been done yet. Last summer, Amazon launched a Prime Video app for Android, but it’s yet to add support for streaming its content with a Chromecast. On its part, Google had removed YouTube from Amazon’s Fire TV streaming products and the Echo Show/Spot, claiming that Amazon has violated its terms of service with those implementations of the YouTube app.

Both Nest and Amazon have declined to comment, the report said. Acquisition of Ring, a maker of the smart home doorbell and in-home camera last month, has put Amazon in a much better position to integrate its products with Alexa, accelerating its ability to compete with Google’s own smart home ambitions, the report said. IANS

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Google Rolls Out New System Update to “Wear OS”

Wih the "Smart App Resume" users would be able to pick up where they left off across all apps on their watches

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Google is set to release a new system update called the “H Update” to its “Wear Operating System (OS)” with features like the battery saver, body efficiency and smart app resume.

“In the next few months, you should soon see a system update on your device labeled ‘System Version: H’,” a Community Manager at Wear OS, Google wrote in a blog-post on Thursday.

The new battery saver mode that would come with the “H Update” to Android-based smart-watches would extend the device battery further by turning on “Battery Saver” to only display the time once your battery falls below 10 per cent.

“Additionally, after 30 minutes of inactivity your watch will go into deep sleep mode to conserve battery,” the post added.

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Wih the “Smart App Resume” users would be able to pick up where they left off across all apps on their watches.

The search-engine giant is also included a 2-step power off functionality that would enable users to turn off their watches by holding the power button until they see the power off screen and then choose to either “power off” or “restart.”

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“This update will be progressively rolling out over the coming months. Your device may not immediately be eligible for this update and will be determined by your watch manufacturer. Some functionality may vary by device,” the post said. (IANS)