Google Buys Stake in ADT to Help It Sell More Nest Devices

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Google will enlist ADT’s network of 20,000 professional technicians to sell and install Nest cameras and smart displays to customers across the US.

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Google is buying a stake in home security provider ADT to help it sell more Nest devices. 

Google will pay $450 million to acquire a 6.6 percent stake in ADT, which will allow it to enlist ADT’s network of 20,000 professional technicians to sell and install Nest cameras and smart displays to customers across the US. 

The partnership also promises to pave the way for tighter integration between ADT products and Google’s Nest services. Each company is committing another $150 million for marketing, product development, and employee training. 

Google Nest Hub MaxNest Hub Max smart display, later this year. In 2021, the companies plan on expanding the product integration, which will involve making Nest devices the “cornerstone” of ADT’s smart home offerings. 

Google Nest Hub Maxsecurity cameras for up to 30 days. The same system will also send “intelligent alerts” when your cameras detect a person or noise. 

In 2014, Google bought Nest Labs, which was later folded into the company’s Google Home business. Nest products now include dozens of different devices, including a video doorbell and indoor/outdoor cameras, which can be controlled with Google’s voice assistant.

However, today’s partnership may represent a double-edged sword for ADT, which serves over 6 million customers: On the one hand, the company is getting greater access to Google technologies. But on the flip side, some consumers may have concerns about ADT partnering with a tech giant that relies on consumer data collection to serve ads. 


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August 4, 2020
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