Nest to Launch Its Smart Products in Europe This Month
BERLIN — Nest will launch its smart thermostat and smoke detector in parts of Europe in late September.
During a presentation at the IFA 2014 tech conference in Berlin on Saturday, Nest — which was acquired by Google for $3 billion in 2013 — announced it will roll out its products to France, the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium.
While people in dozens of countries are already using Nest’s smart thermostat and smoke detectors (which they purchased online) for their homes, the products don’t always work as well as they should. This is because many countries have unique heating-system requirements that don’t match up with what’s now in place.
The devices are already for sale in UK, but will hit more than 400 retail stores across Europe by the end of the month, according to The Next Web.
By rolling out support to more European locations, the company hopes to grow its presence, and help ignite the smart-home revolution overseas. Nest is working with local manufacturers from each country to meet heating and other system requirements.
Pricing has not yet been announced.
Earlier this week, Nest announced a collection of new features, including the ability to distinguish smoke from steam caused by a shower.
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