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Nest making a move into home audio

Nest, the home automation company that designs and manufactures sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled, self-learning, programmable thermostats and smoke detectors, is making a move into home audio.

A recruitment add appeared on the Nest website (opens in new tab), seeking a “highly technical Head of Audio to lead the development of Nest Audio across hardware and software, present and future”.

Whoever gets the job, will have to "lead the Nest Audio team, including acoustics, audio electronics, audio software, audio test and validation for all Nest Products, build a world class audio team through hiring and mentoring and develop an audio roadmap for Nest products, including hardware and software, that can support delightful user experiences and innovative features.“

The founder and CEO of Nest is Tony Fadell – a man very familiar with the music industry. He is the former Apple executive behind the iPod (he was also nicknamed The father of the iPod).

The media speculate on what the software part of the work will include. While some believe it might mean the development of a brand new streaming service, others think it will more likely mean the creation of a music controlling app, considering that Google has two: Google Play All Access and YouTube Music Key.

Nest was bought by Google for $3.2 billion (£2.1 billion) back in January 2014.

The Guardian says Sonos will most likely to be the main rival to Nest: "That company is expected to record $1 billion (£660 million) in sales of its connected audio hardware in 2015, and recently raised $130 million (£86.3 million) of funding to continue growing.

"Google’s deep pockets could make Nest a formidable competitor."

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.