“I’ve been in the home space for a few years now, you know. I felt there’s a huge opportunity and change happening inside the home right now.”
I’m talking to Rishi Chandra at Google’s London HQ in the striking Renzo Piano building in the West End.
Chandra is Vice President of Product and General Manager at Google Nest, which means he looks after Google Home, Chromecast, Google Wifi, Nest Thermostat, Nest Cam, Nest Hello and more. He’s worked for Google for over 12 years and is excited about the future.
“Even inside of Google, we felt we weren’t kind of bringing all our assets to bear to solve all the user problems we could and so by bringing Nest and Google Home together gave us an opportunity to think about where we see the home evolving over the next five to 10 years.”
He’s referring to the fact that earlier this year, Google announced that Nest and Google Home products were joining forces. This meant that Nest’s products, such as its home security cameras, smart thermostat and Nest Protect smoke alarm are now to be found in the Google Store. And that the latest Google home hub product, has Nest in its title: Nest Hub Max. A smaller, earlier product has changed its name to match, from Google Home Hub to Nest Hub.