Google moves to advance new standard for home device networks

The Internet giant is the latest company to turn its efforts to integrating smart home gadgets.

By Peter Fabris, Contributor | July 22, 2014

Google Nest Labs recently unveiled an industry group to encourage makers of smart home gadgets like locks and light bulbs to use Thread, a new standard for devices to communicate on a network. Google bought Nest, a smart thermostat maker, in January for $3.2 billion. The move follows similar initiatives by Qualcomm, Intel, and other technology companies.

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