Nest demonstrates the dangers of being an early adopter by shutting down Revolv
Keep in mind the Revolv residence automation hub? In all probability not. The system was launched in late 2013, and whereas unbelievable, it largely flew beneath the radar earlier than Google’s Nest division purchased the corporate for $300 million, and promptly stopped promoting the system. However the system was nonetheless out there from numerous retailers and well worth the money for residence full of Web of Issues units. It really works nice — and shortly it gained’t.
Google, via Nest, is shutting down the backend of the Revolv gadget on Might 15, 2016. This alteration was sudden. Till the center of February of this yr, help for the Revolv hub appeared indefinite after which the corporate’s web site was up to date to indicated the approaching closure.
Although sudden, this shouldn’t be a big shock. The system had not been bought for a number of years. The iOS app had not been up to date since February 2015, per knowledge offered by Sensor Tower, who additionally notes the app solely ever acquired ninety six scores.
When Nest purchased Revolv in 2014, the corporate was clear that they have been within the group behind the gadget and never the gadget itself. Nest co-founder Matt Rogers referred to as the group top-of-the-line for house wi-fi and residential communication. On the time, Rogers indicated that Nest would proceed to help Revolv clients.
This exhibits the hazard in shopping for system reliant on backend providers. There’s all the time an opportunity that the corporate behind the system will cease paying the server payments and depart customers with a paperweight. Issues don’t final eternally. Purchaser beware is an previous adage that’s nonetheless related at the moment.