Google Nest Smart Home Gets Closer

Google (Alphabet) is planning to take full advantage of its Nest Labs investment and develop into a more robust smart home solution.

Nest unveiled tools aimed at developers last week and released a new online Works with Nest store to help consumers find Nest-compatible products including smart door locks and lights. The store is schedule to open in November 2015.

More than 11,000 developers have accessed its tools and according to the company, 1 in 8 Nest customers are using a Works with Nest integration.

Nest is also letting third parties integrate their products with the Nest Cam security camera that Nest unveiled in June.

For example, if someone were to come through the first door protected by a smart lock, that could automatically trigger Nest Cam to capture a video.

One such partner is Philips, maker of the Philips Hue smart lights. If Nest Cam senses motion when no one is home, it can tell the Hue lights to automatically switch on.