It's shocking to hear that under Fadell, Nest had a virtual unlimited budget and quadrupled its employees but produced no new products. There were some rollouts of course, but they were already in the pipeline - at least that's what this article postulates. Nest’s time at Alphabet: A “virtually unlimited budget” with no results When Nest was purchased by Google and not Apple, I thought Apple missed the boat, and Google beat them to the punch. I suspect Google (and maybe even Apple) thought the same thing, but now as we've had a steady stream of bad news coming from Nest, that was on varying levels of embarrassment for Google, I can say the desire NOT to bring Fadell back into the Apple fold was a smart move. Even google didn't want to work with Nest Its too bad, because from the outside looking in, I thought Nest had all the Apple Mojo to make cool home products, but it seems Fadell just completely and utterly drove the division into the ground. So where does Nest go from here? With so many projects in Google occurring that would have been done by nest, I suspect that they go no where. Perhaps dismantled and the remaining engineers reassigned.