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Google-Controlled Homes?

Search-engine giant Google wants to help make homes smarter and more connected, and took another step at that by by announcing its acquisition of connected device maker Nest Labs.

Google announced it will pay $3.2 billion in cash to acquire Nest Labs, a company that develops “smart” home appliances such as thermostats and smoke detectors that can program themselves and be controlled and monitored over smartphones.

Google’s acquisition follows several previous efforts by Google to get into the connected home business. For example, the company’s Android @Home platform was created to allow users control home appliances from their Android smartphones and tablets. However, the device failed to catch on, CNN reports.

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