It’s not been a good few weeks for Nest, and it looks like things are going to get worse, before/if they ever get better. Google has launched the Home, its rival to Amazon’s Echo, with Nest, Alphabet’s smart home subsidiary, entirely absent from proceedings. From a business efficiency standpoint, it seems logical that Alphabet would want to focus its resources and combine its consumer electronics ambitions into one division – thereby uniting its OnHub router and the new Home with Nest’s smart home portfolio. But so far this has not been the case. While this could be attributed to the early day integrations and crease-ironing that Alphabet has to manage as it straightens out operations amidst its internal reorganization, the private details of Nest and Alphabet’s relationship that have leaked out in past weeks show glimpses of a rather hostile environment.