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Amazon to stop selling Google Nest products

Amazon to stop selling Google Nest products

While Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was never called out by name, the Amazon retail team stated that the decision came "from the top".

Google Nest also got in on the action during the Oscars, in a timely buy that comes in the wake of Amazon's acquisition of rival smart doorbell maker Ring.

According to a report from Business Insider Amazon's retail team called Nest late in 2017 to tell them that Amazon would no longer be selling the newest products by Nest.

After that probably awkward conference call, Nest made a decision to just stop selling their products on Amazon because they want their whole portfolio of products available or nothing at all, according to a person familiar with the company's strategy. Nest products usually have excellent reviews on Amazon.

Amazon is poised to take its competition with Google to the next level, as it looks to stop selling the Google Nest line of smart home devices. As a result, those Nest products that are now listed on Amazon are expected to be removed once their stocks run out.

It is unclear what the extent of the embargo on Nest products is - for example, Amazon has not clarified if third-party sellers selling Nest products through Amazon Marketplace will have to pull their product offerings as well.

An ongoing feud between Amazon and Google means many of Google's products - including its Home, Chromecast and even Pixel devices - have not been stocked by the online retailer a couple of years. According to the Business Insider report, Google representatives had tipped off Nest employees some time ago of Amazon's new stance. It pulled YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show and Echo Spot citing issues with how the company utilized the app on those devices, leaving users without the most popular video service on the web. Google Home and Chromecast were both kicked to the curb to ensure they didn't eat into the sales of Amazon's Fire TV streaming sticks and Echo speakers.

The Nest team said they were informed that their products will be banned from Amazon's retail platform via a phone call. Their products include the new smart thermostat, home security products, and other home appliances.


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