MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google Inc. entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash.
According to a release from Google, Nest’s mission is to reinvent often considered unloved but important devices in the home such as thermostats and smoke alarms.

Since its launch in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat has continued to experience strong sales. The company recently launched a new project called Protect, which is a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.

“Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family," said Larry Page, CEO of Google. "They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now — thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams.”

Nest will continue to operate under the leadership of Fadell and with its own distinct brand identity. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the US. It is expected to close in the next few months.

“We’re thrilled to join Google," he said. "With their support, Nest will be even better placed to build simple, thoughtful devices that make life easier at home, and that have a positive impact on the world.”