From the Editor's Desk: Love & stagnation …

From the Editor's Desk: Love & stagnation …

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Nest and Sonos are still excellent products, even with their futures very much in question.
Two of my favorite connected home devices (that’s a really unsexy description) haven’t changed much since I bought them, though they remain just as useful as the day they were first turned on. My second-gen Nest Thermostat and a couple of Sonos speakers (a Play 1 and a Play 5) get used every single day, are 100 percent reliable — and, darn it, both are beautifully designed products.
And, of course, I want more from them.
OK, maybe I don’t necessarily want more from each of these devices. Sonos gets new functionality every now and then through software updates, as does Nest. And generally speaking they haven’t broken anything in the process. (And that Nest updates in the background without me having to do anything is certainly a plus.)
But recent stories about unrest at both of those companies — Sonos with layoffs and the damning pice on the turmoil inside Nest — is cause for concern. These are high-quality products from companies that aren’t in the midst of a race to the bottom. But we haven’t seen anything truly new from either of them in a long, long time. Sure, Nest has tweaked its thermostat and smoke detector, and it bought (and repackaged) Dropcam. But that’s it. When Google bought Nest virtually everyone who cares about such things went to work trying to guess what the Next Big Thing would be.
Instead, we’ve seen nothing.
Sonos has some great speakers and the easiest wireless integration I’ve ever seen. Cast-enabled speakers (like the LG Music Flow I reviewed) come close, but Sonos speakers generally look better, have more reliable connections and the easiest setup I’ve come across.
I’m certainly not looking down on reliability. And buried at the bottom of the Sonos CEO’s blog

Article originally published at: Android Central