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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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Tech Giant Google Letting Android Users Create Events on Maps

Google's plans for a wider roll-out of the feature remain unknown

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

Google is letting Android users create public events on Maps through the app’s existing Contribute section, allowing them to set name, location, date and time of the event along with tags and images.

“You can add public events to Google Maps from your Android phone or tablet,” the search-engine giant wrote on the Maps support page.

Event listings would help users streamline time-specific activities and choose what suits them best.

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A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company’s offices in Toronto. VOA

“It’s all part of the app’s transformation from a service that tells you how to get somewhere into one that tells you where you might want to go in the first place,” The Verge reported on Monday.

Google’s plans for a wider roll-out of the feature remain unknown.

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“Google Maps’ implementation is a little laggy at the moment, with events taking up to an hour to actually appear on a map. Hopefully, this improves as the functionality is more widely rolled out,” the report said. (IANS)