Google's Nest Labs to buy Dropcam for $694m: Report

Google's Nest Labs said on Friday it was buying video monitoring startup Dropcam for a reported US$555 million (S$694 million) in cash. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Google's Nest Labs said on Friday it was buying video monitoring startup Dropcam for a reported US$555 million (S$694 million) in cash. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Google's Nest Labs said on Friday it was buying video monitoring startup Dropcam for a reported US$555 million (S$694 million) in cash.

The deal comes amid huge growth in the smart home sector. One such example is Nest, which began as a smart-thermostat startup and Google bought in January in a deal valued at US$3.2 billion.

"This is a Nest Labs deal, not a Google deal," Nest co-founder Matt Rogers told The New York Times, which reported on the deal's value.

But Mr Rogers declined to detail future plans for the two companies.

In announcing the deal, Nest said "Dropcam has the best products, services and customer experience in the business." It did not confirm the value of the transaction on its blog.

Nest said the general plan was for the two firms to "reinvent products that will help shape the future of the conscious home and bring our shared vision to more and more people around the world."